Francesco Sforza IV, Duca of Milano
Francesco Sforza, IV, “Duca” of Milano, born in 1401, became “Duca” in 1450 until his death in 1466.
Sperandio of Mantova
Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Goldsmith (1435-1520).
The most prolific medallist of the 15th Century (48 medals), lived mostly in Ferrara; 5 years in Venice and 10 years in Bologna. Also worked in Milano, Faenza and Padova.
Obverse: · FRANCISVS · SFORTIA · VICECOMES · DVX · MEDIOLANI · QVARTVS · Bust three-quarter faces right; hair curling above ears; top of head bald; wearing plate-armour.
Reverse: · OPVS · SPERANDEI · Scene: Front view of a Renaissance building, one central and three secondary cupolas, three doors in front and two lateral porches, galleries opening on to front on upper floor.
Cast in 1466 as a memorial to the “Duca” who just died. The building on the obverse is intended as a memorial to be built in his honour.
- 86.6 mm. Bronze cast.
- Good patina, some wear, original cast.
- Hill 361; Pollard NGA 94; Börner 122; Toderi-Vannel Bargello 132; Johnson-Martini Milano 524-525; Kress 115.