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A lead uniface (copy?) medal of Michaelangelo on the occasion of his 88th birthday, by Leone Lioni.

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  • Medal. A lead uniface (copy?) medal of Michelangelo on the occasion of his 88th birthday. Leoni, Leone (Italian, c.1509–1590). Lead, 30.17 x 57 mm, circa 1561. Renaissance. Notes: A probable copy of a medal that was modelled in Rome in 1560 and cast Milan. Leoni sent Michaelangelo two silver and two bronze copies. He cleaned and boxed one specially, writing ‘keep it and look after it for love of me’. Apparently Michelangelo was pleased with the medal and in gratitude he gave him a wax model of Hercules and Antaeus, now lost. The medal was widely distributed, and the portrait frequently copied. The inscription, however, is wrong: Michelangelo was then 85 not 88.
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