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|Title:||UNESCO aftercast of Leone Leoni's commemorative medal dated to circa 1560, based on original in Washington D.C., 1974|
|Keywords:||Italy;Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564;Medals|
|Abstract:||General Description: The original version of this medal, by Leone Leoni, was modeled in Rome in 1560 and cast in Milan in 1561 (see introduction). Anticipating the 500th anniversary of Michelangleo's birth, UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) issued this reproduction in both gold and silver versions. The mold is taken from one of Leoni's originals, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.|
Obverse Description: The obverse bears a profile portrait of Michelangelo done by a medalist who actually knew the artist and is considered a fairly authentic likeness. The surround features the inscription "MICHAELANGELVS BONARROTVS FLORAESANN 88" (Michelangelo Buonarroti 88), which describes Michelangelo as being 88 years old, though he was actually only 85. There is no indication that Michelangelo minded the miscalculation.
Reverse Description: The reverse shows a muscular pilgrim, who holds a staff and walks a dog. The surround bears the inscription "DOCEBO INIQVOS VT E IMPII AD TECONVEP," which comes from Psalm 51:13 "I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you." The message is that Michelangelo has paved the way of true art, which should be duly followed by others.
Artist Biography: Leoni shipped four copies of the medal to Michelangelo. Two were in silver and two were bronze. Michelangelo reciprocated by giving Leoni an original wax model of Hercules and Antaeus. Leoni's medal was widely distributed as gifts to the cultural elite and became a model for many future medals dedicated to the artist. Copies of the medal were issued by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's birth. It inaugurated a series of medals honoring "outstanding persons". The copies are based on the original medal in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C and were minted in both gilded and silvered examples.
|Description:||This medal was scanned and uploaded to DLynx by Bonnie Whitehouse '18 and Rachel Rotter '18 in the Visual Resources Center during the 2016-2017 school year.|
|Appears in Collections:||A Catalogue of Medals Commemorating Michelangelo|
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