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

Pisanelloc. 1440-1444

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

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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  • Title: Portrait of Leonello D'Este, Marquess of Ferrara (obverse and reverse)
  • Creator: Pisanello (Italian, Ferrara, c. 1395-1455)
  • Date Created: c. 1440-1444
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Private collection (Switzerland), Paul Drey Gallery (New York, New York), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1971.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1971.4
  • Medium: bronze
  • Inscriptions: obverse: LEONELLVS MARCHIO ESTENSIS, separated by olive branches.
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Italy, 15th century
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1971.4

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