PASTI, Matteo de'
(b. ca. 1420, Verona, d. ca. 1468, Rimini)

Fortitude, seated on two elephants (reverse)

1449-55
Bronze medal, diameter 8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

This is the reverse of the medal representing Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta. It shows the figure of Fortitude, holding a broken column and seated on two elephants. The Malatesta family adopted the elephant as part of their heraldry, as it stood for strength and fame.