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Reference:6473 Ercole II d'Este, 4th Duke of Ferrara, Modena and Regia, c. 1530

Large bust of Ercole II d'Este to right, bearded and wearing a cuirass and mantle. HER. II. DVX. FERR. IIII. MVT. ET. REG.

Two fully armoured knights, mounted in equestrian combat, within the precincts of a castle exterior, observed on its castellated ramparts by three standing figures.

Unidentified artist. 

Bronze, cast, 132 mm. (505 grammes).  

Condition: Almost Very Fine


Both in diameter and weight, this is amongst the largest cast bronze medallic productions of the Renaissance and post-Renaissance period, with what appears to be an early, if not contemporary cast.

The portrait is not only impressive in its diameter and weight, but in its power of expression, while the depiction of a tournament and figures standing on a castle parapet, between two towers, has been executed with a stylistic naivety that is not without charm. 


Philip Attwood, Italian Medals c. 1530-1600 in British Public Collections (2003), 692a.