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MASTER IO.F.F.
BOLOGNA, ACTIVE MID-15TH CENTURY

Plaquette with Ariadne on Naxos

Mid-15th century

Bronze

2 in. Dm (5 cm Dm)

$4,000.00

Made in the mid-15th century by the Italian Master IO.F.F, this Renaissance-era bronze medallion depicts the mythological scene of Ariadne on Naxos. With a scene from Classical antiquity, medallions such as this one were often given as gifts and collected by individuals who wanted to associate themselves with an elite culture. Some nobles even went as far as dedicating entire rooms to their collection of medallions in order to convey wealth and power to guests.

Made in the mid-15th century by the Italian Master IO.F.F, this Renaissance-era bronze medallion depicts the mythological scene of Ariadne on Naxos. With a scene from Classical antiquity, medallions such as this one were often given as gifts and collected by individuals who wanted to associate themselves with an elite culture. Some nobles even went as far as dedicating entire rooms to their collection of medallions in order to convey wealth and power to guests.

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Condition

Excellent, with the slightest rubbing to some of the high points.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Curator’s Note

This Renaissance bronze medallion comes with a custom fabricated mount by Meyer & Myers.

Provenance

The Collection of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenberg

References

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18.70.3

Musée National de la Renaissance

National Gallery of Art, 1957.14.472 and 1942.9.209

Victoria & Albert Museum, A.471-1910

Literature

Fulton, Christopher B. “The Master IO.F.F. and the Function of Plaquettes.” Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 146, 158–159, note 7, fig. 2, as by Master IO.F.F.

Italian Renaissance Bronzes (New York: Paul Rosenberg & Co., 1980), p. 2.

Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: 33, no. 97, fig. 128, as Ariadne on Naxos, by “Master IO.F.F.”

Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 97, no. 16, as Ariadne on Naxos, by “Master IO.F.F.”

Excellent, with the slightest rubbing to some of the high points.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

This Renaissance bronze medallion comes with a custom fabricated mount by Meyer & Myers.

The Collection of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenberg

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18.70.3

Musée National de la Renaissance

National Gallery of Art, 1957.14.472 and 1942.9.209

Victoria & Albert Museum, A.471-1910

Fulton, Christopher B. “The Master IO.F.F. and the Function of Plaquettes.” Studies in the History of Art 22 (1989): 146, 158–159, note 7, fig. 2, as by Master IO.F.F.

Italian Renaissance Bronzes (New York: Paul Rosenberg & Co., 1980), p. 2.

Pope-Hennessy, John W. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965: 33, no. 97, fig. 128, as Ariadne on Naxos, by “Master IO.F.F.”

Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: 97, no. 16, as Ariadne on Naxos, by “Master IO.F.F.”

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This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $50.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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