LEONI, Leone
(b. 1509, Menaggio, d. 1590, Milano)

Medal of Ippolita di Ferdinando Gonzaga

Cast bronze, diameter 67 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This portrait shows Ippolita (1535-1563), daughter of Ferdinando (Ferrante) Gonzaga one of the most beautiful and accomplished women of her day, at the age of sixteen. She married in 1549 with Fabrizio Colonna, hereditary prince of Paliano, and in 1554 with Antonio Carafa, duke of Mondragone.

Signature on obverse (in inner arc, to right, in Greek): Leone, the Aretine.

Inscription on obverse (in margin): HYPPOLYTA . GONZAGA . FERDINANDI . FIL[ia] . AN[no] . XVI . (Ippolita Gonzaga, daughter of Ferdinando [at the age of] 16).

Inscription on reverse: (in margin): PAR . VBIQ[ue] . POTESTAS . (powerful alike in both worlds).

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