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Marble statue of Aphrodite

Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.The lower legs have been restored with casts taken from the Roman copy in Florence known as the Medici Venus.The goddess of love is shown as though surprised... more

Basalt statue of Aphrodite

Adaptation of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C. known as the Medici AphroditeThe Romans used colored stones for floors, wall revetment, and sculpture. This basalt version of a popular statue type for Aphro... more

Diomedes and the Palladium

Some of the grandest figures of their respective eras, from Lorenzo the Magnificent to Catherine the Great, were ardent collectors of ancient glyptics. Connoisseurs were well aware of the praise that the writer... more

Apollo and Marsyas

The earliest Renaissance bronze plaquettes were cast after ancient gems. This example, after an intaglio that eventually went with much of the Medici collection of gems to the Museo Archeologico in Naples, stil... more

Young man

Formerly said to represent a member of the Medici family.

Polychrome velvet with a variation on a Medici emblem

Woven and embroidered textiles commissioned by noble families were among the most expensive expressions of wealth and power during the Renaissance. The production of luxurious silks was tightly regulated in ord... more


This brilliant bronze figure of a boy contains clues to its original placement and function. The right leg is raised, and the weight is shifted to the left foot, which is arched to conform to a now-missing curv... more

The Crucifixion

To the left of the Crucifixion are shown Saints Monica, her son Augustine, and Peter Martyr; to the right are Saints Dominic, Francis, and Elizabeth of Hungary. This damaged but poignant picture was painted in ... more

The Triumph of Fame; (reverse) Impresa of the Medici Family and Arms of the Medici and Tornabuoni Families

This commemorative birth tray (desco da parto) celebrates the birth of Lorenzo de' Medici (1449–1492), the most celebrated ruler of his day as well as an important poet and a major patron of the arts. Knights e... more

Filippo de' Medici, Archbishop of Pisa, 1462–1474

The Florentine Bertoldo made this medal as part of an effort to win a cardinal's hat for Filippo, a cousin of Lorenzo de'Medici. Bertoldo di Giovanni (Italian, born Florence (?) ca. 1430–40, died 1491 Poggio a Caiano)

Fountain with Arms of Jacopo de' Pazzi

The fountain was made for the courtyard of Jacopo de' Pazzi's Florentine palace. Pazzi family devices, including dolphins, adorn the three points on top of the base. A bulbous fluted stem originally connected t... more

David with the Head of Goliath

This is a key work in the early Renaissance development of bronze statuettes in northern Italy. Its creator, Bartolomeo Bellano, was a disciple of Donatello’s, as is documented by a payment in connection with t... more

Tommaso di Folco Portinari (1428–1501); Maria Portinari (Maria Maddalena Baroncelli, born 1456)

The clever balance of verisimilitude and idealization in the features of this pair made Hans Memling the most sought-after portraitist of his day. The Florentine Tommaso Portinari was the branch manager of the ... more

Saint Jerome in the Wilderness

The Metropolitan displays in its galleries an important group of quattrocento reliefs of the Madonna and Child by such Italian Renaissance masters as Antonio Rossellino (see acc. no. 14.40.675) and Benedetto da... more

De Re Militari (On the Military Arts)

When this military treatise was completed around 1460, the patron, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, distributed a number of manuscript copies to rulers such as Louis XI, Francesco Sforza, and Lorenzo de' Medici. ... more

To Commemorate the Pazzi Conspiracy, 1478

Obverse: Medals of rulers were thought inappropriate in republican Florence. This piece commemorates the 1478 attack in Florence Cathedral on the Medici, first citizens but not rulers of the city. To make it ac... more