Dec 17, 2008

Portrait of Leonello D'Este, Marquess of Ferrara (obverse)

Portrait of Leonello D'Este, Marquess of Ferrara (obverse)

c. 1440–1444

Part of a set. See all set records


(Italian, Ferrara, c. 1395–1455)


Diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1971.4.a


Renaissance medals usually show a person on the front and a symbolic element on the back, creating an overall statement about the individual. Lionello d'Este was one of the most sophisticated patrons in Renaissance Italy, and he was one of the first figures to sponsor the tradition of medals in the 1400s.

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