Pier Candido Decembrio
Pier Candido Decembrio, Humanist and Statesman. Born in Vigevano in 1399. Died in 1447.
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: P · CANDIDVS · STVDIORVM · HVM, and on inner arcs: ANITATIS · DECVS. Bust facing right, wearing mortier and robe.
Reverse: OPVS · PISANI · PICTORIS. An open book with ties and markers sitting atop a rocky edge.
Likely cast in 1447 when Decembrio went to Ferrara — shortly before his death. In the same year he was elected Head of the Milanese Republic.
- 77.0 mm. (Max. Diameter reported: 80 mm.); Bronze cast.
- Good patina, original cast. In this version, the inscription on book is not visible. Filled hole at top.
- Hill 40, Heiss, Pis. p.15 ss., n.4, tav. II, 2; Armand, I, p.3, n.3