'John VIII Paleologus'
Medal (obverse view)
Antonio Pisano, called Pisanello (before 1395-about 1455)
Italy (probably Ferrara)
Museum no. 7711-1863
In 1438-9 John VIII Paleologus, Emperor of Byzantium, attended a conference in Ferrara. His visit was marked by this medal, possibly the first one produced by Pisanello and therefore the first true portrait medal of the Renaissance. Its design set a standard format for many future commemorative medals.
Legend in Greek, 'John, King and Emperor of the Romans, the Paleologus'.