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Isotta degli Atti

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Circular medal of Isotta degli Atti of Rimini (born 1432/33-1474), mistress and then third wife of Sigismondo Malatesta. Loss above probably due to flawed piercing. Obverse: Profile bust of Isotta degli Atti looking to proper left, wearing veil over hair; inscribed at edge...

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Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "·ISOTA·ARIMINENSI·FORMA·ET·VIRTVTE·ITALIE·DECORI·[symbol]" ["To Isotta of Rimini, the ornament of Italy for beauty and virtue"]. Reverse: Inscribed above "OPVS·MATH[EI·DE·]PASTIS·[symbol]" and below "·M·CCCC·XLVI·".

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Lucy Stone Brewer Fund

Italian, Renaissance, about 1450

Object Place

Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 167. Kress 59.

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 85 mm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.207

Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals