The Sigmund Morgenroth Collection of Renaissance Medals and Plaquettes

Description

Intricately carved reliefs cast in metal or carved in wood, the Morgenroth Collection of medals and plaquettes rivals major collections of similar materials in the National Gallery in Washington DC or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The medals commemorate important personages and events, an ancient custom which was revived during the Renaissance. Displayed at AD&A Museum in a Wunderkammer or “cabinet of curiosities,” the medals are viewed by visitors as Italian collectors in fifteenth and sixteenth centuries experienced them. The plaquettes, both round and rectangular in format, are just inches in size, featuring delicate bas-relief portraits and scenes of mythological and Christian subject matter. The Morgenroth collection is among the founding collections of the museum and belongs to the art historical heritage of Santa Barbara. These extraordinary medals and plaquettes, amassed by Mr. Morgenroth primarily between 1927 and 1939, received their inaugural exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art from January to March 1943.

Collection Items

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
John VIII Palaeologus, Emperor of Constantinople

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
John VIII Palaeologus, Emperor of Constantinople

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Filippo Maria Visconti, Third Duke of Milan

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Niccolo Piccinino of Perugia

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Lionello D'Este, Second Marquis of Ferrara

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Lionello D'Este, Second Marquis of Ferrara

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Lionello D'Este, Second Marquis of Ferrara

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Domenico Malatesta Novello, Lord of Cesena

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Domenico Malatesta Novello, Lord of Cesena

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Vittorino Rambodini Da Feltre

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Alfonso V, King of Aragon and Sicily

PISANELLO (PISANO, Antonio)
Alfonso V, King of Aragon and Sicily

MILANO, Amadio da
Niccolo III D'Este, First Marquis of Ferrara

MILANO, Amadio da
Niccolo III D'Este, First Marquis of Ferrara

MARESCOTTI, Antonio
Beato Giovanni Tavelli of Tossignano

D'ESTE, Baldassare
Ercole I D'Este, second Duke of Ferrara

Alfonso I D'Este, Third Duke of Ferrara

Timoteo Maffei of Verona

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Bust of Christ

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini and Fano

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Isotta Degli Atti of Rimini

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Isotta Degli Atti

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Isotta Degli Atti

DE' PASTI, Matteo
Isotta Degli Atti

MELIOLI, Bartolommeo
Lodovico II Gonzaga, Second Marquis of Mantua

L'ANTICO (Manner of)
Giulia Astallia

ROMANO, Giancristoforo
Julius II, (Giuliano della Rovere of Albisola), Pope

MEA
Battista Spagnuoli of Mantua

Artist unknown
Niccolo Forteguerri of Florence or Venice

ENZOLA, Gian Francesco (PARMENSIS)
Francesco I Sforza, Fourth Duke of Milan

MARTINI, Francesco Di Giorgio
Borghese Borghesi, Jurist of Siena

MARTINI, Francesco Di Giorgio
Juan de Mendoza of Spain

SANTACROCE, Girolamo
Andrea Caraffa, Count of Santa Severina

SANTACROCE, Girolamo
Jacopo Sannazaro, Poet in Naples

Artist unknown
Andrea Caraffa, Count of Santa Severina

SPERANDIO
Giovanni II Bentivoglio, Lord of Bologna

SPERANDIO
Bartolommeo Pendaglia, Merchant of Ferrara

SPERANDIO
Ercole I D'Este

SPERANDIO
Bartolommeo della Rovere, Bishop of Ferrara

SPERANDIO
Giovanni II Bentivoglio

SPERANDIO
Carlo Grati, Count in Bologna

SPERANDIO
Giuliano della Rovere, Cardinal, later Pope Julius II

FANO, Pietro da
Pasquale Malipiero, Doge of Venice

BOLDU, Giovanni
Filippo Maserano of Venice

BOLDU, Giovanni
Caracalla, Roman Emperor

Mohammad II, Sultan of the Turks

FALIER, Giovanni
Andrea Gritti

BRESCIA, Fra Antonio da
Niccolo Michiel of Venice

OLIVIERI, Maffeo
Vincenzo Di Andrea Malipiero of Venice

OLIVIERI, Maffeo
Altobello Averoldo of Brescia

OLIVIERI, Maffeo
Sabastiano Di Jacopo Renier of Venice

Artist unknown
Antonio Grimani

Artist unknown
Niccolo Di Marco Giustiniani, Venetian Merchant

Giovanni II Bentivoglio, Lord of Bologna

FRANCIA, Francesco
Giovanni II Bentivoglio

FRANCIA, Francesco
Ulisse Musotti, Jurist of Bologna

Jacopo Bovio, Bolognese Jurist

CARADOSSO (FOPPA, Cristoforo)
Francesco I Sforza, Fourth Duke of Milan

CARADOSSO (FOPPA, Cristoforo)
Lodovico Maria Sforza, Il Moro, Seventh Duke of Milan

CARADOSSO (FOPPA, Cristoforo)
Julius II (Giuliano della Rovere of Albissola), Pope

CARADOSSO (FOPPA, Cristoforo)
Julius II (Giuliano della Rovere of Albissola), Pope

CARADOSSO (FOPPA, Cristoforo)
Niccolo Orsini, Count of Pitigliano and Nola

GUACIALOTI, Andrea (GUAZZALOTTI)
Niccolo Palmieri of Sicily, Bishop of Orte

GUACIALOTI, Andrea (GUAZZALOTTI)
Alfonso II of Aragon, Duke of Calabria

GUACIALOTI, Andrea (GUAZZALOTTI)
Calixtus III (Alfonso Borgia of Spain), Pope

GEREMIA, Cristoforo di
Alfonso V of Aragon

GEREMIA, Cristoforo di
Augustus Caesar Imperator

GEREMIA, Cristoforo di
Guillaume D'Estouteville of Normandy

GEREMIA, Cristoforo di
Paul II (Pietro Barbo of Venice), Pope

LYSIPPUS
Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere of Albissola), Pope

LYSIPPUS
Giovanni Alvise Toscani

Artist unknown
Giuliano della Rovere (Pope Julius II)

Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy

Nicolas Maugras, Bishop of Uzes

CANDIDA, Giovanni (CANDIDA, Filangeri di?)
Thomas Bohier of Issoire, Baron de Saint-Ciergue

Artist unknown
Domenico Grimani of Venice, Cardinal

Artist unknown
Giuliano II de' Medici

Artist unknown
Giuliano II de' Medici

Artist unknown
Jesus Christ

Artist unknown
Jesus Christ

Artist unknown
Cosimo de' Medici, Pater Patriae

GIOVANNI, Bertoldo di
Mohammad II

Lorenzo de' Medici, Il Magnifico

GIOVANNI, Bertoldo di
Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary

FIORENTINO, Niccolo (SPINELLI, Niccolo di Forzore)
Innocent VIII (Giambattista Cybo of Genoa), Pope

FIORENTINO, Niccolo (SPINELLI, Niccolo di Forzore)
Girolamo Ridolfi of San Gimignano
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