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

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

c. 1440–1444
(Italian, Ferrara, c. 1395–1455)
Diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Description

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.
  • Private collection (Switzerland)
    Paul Drey Gallery (New York, New York), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1971.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 89 archive.org
  • Collecting Drawings in England. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 3, 1987-January 17, 1988).
    Year in Review: 1971. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 28, 1971-February 6, 1972).
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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1971.4