Leonello D’Este, Marquess of Ferrara, born in 1407; became “Signore” of Ferrara in 1441 until 1450. He was natural son of Nicolo’ III.
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: · LEONELLVS · MARCHIO · ESTENSIS · The words are separated by olive branches. Bust faces left, wearing surcoat with floral ornament over mail.
Reverse: · OPVS · PISANI · PICTORIS · A mast with inflated sail and at its base, at left, a nude elderly man is seated opposite a nude young man who is seen from behind.
Cast circa 1440-42, when Pisanello lived in Ferrara.
- 68 mm. Bronze cast.
- Good quality cast; light wear.
- Hill Corpus 26.