Leone Leoni was condemned to the papal galleys in 1540 after a fight with the papal jeweller and only released after the intervention of Andrea Doria, a powerful prince in Genoa.
Andrea Doria offering a sacrifice by Leone Leoni, c. 1541
© Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum
- 8.95 x 7.75 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £12,355 ( Total: £15,600)
- Acquired in:
- Morton & Eden
Leoni produced a series of three plaquettes and five medals to commemorate his debt to Doria as liberator and patron including this plaquette.
Richard Strauss; Christie's, 1977; John R Gaines; Morton & Eden, 2005.