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A mid-16th century uniface lead relief/medal, showing a bust of an unknown woman, by Alfonso Ruspagiari: CM.269-1968

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

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A mid-16th century uniface lead relief/medal, showing a bust of an unknown woman, by Alfonso Ruspagiari

Maker(s)

Maker: Ruspagiari, Alfonso da Tomaso

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Description

This is one of the most alluring and enigmatic reliefs of the period. The truncated bust of the woman, loosely draped in a veil, looks directly at the face intruding from the edge of the frame. This specimen comes from the collection of Dr John Sharp, archbishop of York (1645-1714), and carries the quite erroneous identification of the sitter as Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII

Place(s) associated

  • Reggio Emilia ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1968)

Dating

Production date: circa AD 1550

Components of the work

Object composed of lead Diameter 40.93 mm Weight 62.5 g

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.269-1968
Primary reference Number: 227231
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Created: Friday 14 June 2019 Updated: Wednesday 6 December 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 6 December 2023

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

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