Copy in two halves of a medal of Domenico Malatesta also known as Novello. The original medal was made in about 1450 by Pisanello. This Electrotype copy made circa 1881 by Robert Ready.The original medal, acquired by the British Museum in 1875 (Reg. 1875, 1004.4) , was exhibited in the King's Library in 1881 and is No. 5 in the catalogue of that exhibition. It is thought that this electrotype was produced in association with that exhibition and publication and acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria where it was displayed in the late 1880s.

Obverse Description

Bust of Domenico Novello Malatesta facing left, with short curly hair, wearing fur-trimmed coat without sleeves, across field in two lines divided by bust, MALATESTA NOVELLVS CESENAE DOMINVS (translation: Domenico Novello Malatesta Lord of Cesena); around above, DVX EQVITVM PRAESTANS

Reverse Description

Domenico in full armour with visor closed kneeling to right, clasping the feet of a crucifix; at left, his charger seen from behind, fastened to a leafless trees, to the right a rocky ground leafless tree at top; around above, OPVS PISANI PICTORIS

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