'Leonello d'Este', Antonio Pisano

'Leonello d'Este', Antonio Pisano

'Leonello d'Este'
Medal (obverse view)
Antonio Pisano, called Pisanello (before 1395-about 1455)
Italy (Ferrara)
1444
Bronze, cast
Museum no. 7130-1860

Leonello d'Este, Marquess of Ferrara (1441-50), was an intellectual ruler and passionate about the arts. He commissioned this medal from Pisanello to mark his marriage to Maria of Aragon in 1444. Pisanello established the format for the portrait medal and produced superb examples for the d'Este family.

View the reverse of this medal.