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A lead uniface (copy?) medal of Michaelangelo on the occasion of his 88th birthday, by Leone Lioni.: CM.219-1909

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): Italian Art 14th-16th centuries

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

Maker(s)

Maker: Leone Leoni (c.1509-1590)

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Description

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.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 57 mm
Weight: 30.17 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1909) by Rosenheim FSA, Max

Dating

Production date: circa AD 1561

Materials used in production

Lead

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.219-1909
Primary reference Number: 227225
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Created: Friday 14 June 2019 Updated: Friday 10 December 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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