13 Renaissance medals & a silver testoon by Various artists

A group of medals representing Sigismondo Malatesta, Lorenzo de Medici, Enrico Bruni, Alvise da Noale, Giambattista Giustiniani, Paolo regio degli Orseoli, Antonia de'Balzi, Alesandro de' Medici, Paul III etc.


Details

Medium:
12 bronze, 1 lead, silver
Art Fund grant:
£130 ( Total: £130)
Acquired in:
1921
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Silver testoon of Charles II. The medal illustrated is thought to portray Giambattista Giustiniani of Villanova who may have belonged to Genoese family of this name. The sitter is identified by his name and age (twenty-nine). The reverse shows Neptune riding out to a shipwrecked man and is inscribed 'your help' in Greek suggesting that Giustiniani had made a miraculous escape from a raging storm at sea. This lends support to the idea that he may have been from Genoa, a large seagoing merchant community

Provenance

Collection of Mr R C Fisher

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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