Copper alloy, partly painted in red and flesh tones; pierced.
Diam. 8.5 cm, wt. 130.88 g.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The obverse of this fine old aftercast depicts the head of Christ; on the reverse is text within a wreath. The word FINEM (instead of the usual EINEM) occurs only on this work and on one in the former collection of King George III (now in the British Museum, London). A Flemish painting may have served as the model for this type of medal, however, according to the reverse inscription, it derives from an ancient cameo with the portrait of Christ and the apostle Paul, which was sent to Pope Innocent VIII by the sultan, from Constantinople in 1492. A monumental marble version of the same composition was carved for Guillaume Goffier, lord of Bonnivet and admiral of France, for his Castle Poitou, about 1520 (now in the Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers).
Artist: Pisanello (Antonio Pisano) (Italian, Pisa or Verona by 1395–1455)Date: ca. 1449–50Medium: Bronze (copper alloy with warm brown patina under a worn layer of black wax)Accession: 1975.1.1301On view in:Gallery 960