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Leonello d'Este

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Circular medal of Leonello d'Este (born 1407, marquess of Ferrara 1441-50). Posthumous cast of original issued to commemorate his marriage to Maria of Aragon, daughter of King Alfonso of Naples (April 1444). Obverse: Profile bust of Leonello d'Este looking to proper right; inscribed above...

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Obverse: Inscribed above "·GE·R·AR·" ["Son-in-law of the king of Aragon"], across field "LEO NELLVS·MARCHIO/·ESTE NSIS·" ["Leonello Marquess d'Este"], and below "·D·FERRARE·REGII·ET·MVTINE·" ["Lord of Ferrara, Reggio, and Modena"]. Reverse: Inscribed at proper left "·OPVS·/PISANI·PICTORIS·" and on the column "M/CCCC/XLIIII" ["1444"].


1958, anonymous collector; 1955, given by this anonymous collector to the MFA. (Accession date: March 13, 1958)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of L. Forrer, Sr.

Italian, Renaissance, after 1444

Place of Manufacture


Catalogue Raisonné

Hill 32. Kress 10.


Diameter and weight: 98 mm (3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; cast bronze




Numismatics, Medals