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Giovanna Albizzi Tornabuoni

Circular medal of Giovanna Albizzi Tornabuoni, wife of Lorenzo (died 1488). Obverse: Bust of Giovanna looking to proper left, wearing necklace and having hair stylied; inscribed at edge "[VX]OR·LAVRENTII·DETORNABONIS·IOANNA·ALBIZA·". Reverse: Venus at center as Spartan huntress, wearing a...

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Obverse: Inscribed at edge "[VX]OR·LAVRENTII·DETORNABONIS·IOANNA·ALBIZA·" ["The wife of Lorenzo Tornbuoni, Giovanna Albizzi"]. Reverse: Inscribed at edge "·VIRGINIS·OS·HABITVM·QVE·GERENSE VIRGINIS·ARMA A·" ["with a maiden's face and mein, and a maiden's weapons"].


By 1875, C.C. Perkins, Boston; 1909, transferred from C.C. Perkins to Charles B. Perkins, Boston; 1923, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 5, 1923) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 23.202-209 were acquired together for $1000.

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Lucy Stone Brewer Fund

possible Italian reproduction, Possible reproduction of about 1480–1500 original

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Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 1022.

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Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze




Numismatics, Medals