Antonio Pisano, called Pisanello; born in Pisa (1395-1455). The greatest medallist of the 15th century. Worked in Rimini, Venice, Naples, Ferrara and Mantova.
Attributed to Antonio Marescotti
of Ferrara, or to another ferrarese pupil of Pisanello.
Marescotti produced medals from 1444 to 1462 and was a sculptor following the Pisanello style.
Obverse: · PISANVS · PICTOR · Bust facing left, wearing brocaded dress and high, soft crumpled “berretta”.
Reverse: In two lines across the field: · F · S · K · I · P · F · T · Surrounded by laurel wreath with spray rising from bottom. The initials: Fides-Spes-Karitas-Iustitia-Prudentia-Fortitudo-Temperantia.
This medal was certainly made before 1443 when it was copied by Giov. Badile in the fresco of Santa Maria della Scala in Verona.
- 58.9 mm. Bronze cast.
- Very good patina. No wear; likely original cast.
- Hill 87; Armand I, 9, 25; Kress 32.