Francesco I Sforza
Francesco I Sforza. IV Duke of Milano, born in 1401, became Duke of Milano in 1450 until he died in 1466.
Antonio Pisano (known as Pisanello)
Painter and Sculptor, 1395-1455.
He was born in Pisa, worked in Rimini, Venice, Naples, Ferrara and Mantova. Pisanello is considered ‘The Creator’ of the Renaissance medals.
Obverse: · FRANCISVVS · SFORTIA · VICECOMES · MARCHIO · ET · COMES · AC · CREMONE · D ·
Bust to the left, wearing tall cap with round crown and edge turned up all around; plate-armour over shirt of mail.
Reverse: OPVS · PISANI · PICTORIS around edge. Bust of horse facing left. At left three closed books along with a sword with pointing to the right.
Cast circa 1441, when Pisanello lived in Milano.
- 85.5 mm. Bronze cast.
- Good cast & condition.
- Hill 23; Arm. I, 88, 22; Kress 5 = Pollard 5; Pollard Bargello 6.