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date: 14 December 2019

Candida, Giovanni (di Salvatore Filangieri) [Jean de; Jehan de]locked

(b Naples, before 1450; d after 1499).
  • Mark M. Salton

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(di Salvatore Filangieri) [Jean de; Jehan de]

(b Naples, before 1450; d after 1499).

Italian medallist and diplomat. He was descended from the Candida branch of a noble Neapolitan family. His father carried the title of Baron of San Niccolò. Although Candida spent most of his life in the diplomatic service of various patrons, and followed his medallic activity only as an amateur, his contribution to this branch of art is significant. Some of his medals may have been intended to further his career by flattering their sitters. After working for the Anjou family in Naples, in 1472 Candida became secretary to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and, after Charles’s death, to Maximilian of Austria and Mary of Burgundy from 1477–80. In 1473 he travelled to Venice in a vain attempt to win the services of Bartolommeo Colleoni for his master. Subsequently various other diplomatic missions took him to Rome, Naples and Milan.

Candida’s medallic style shows considerable diversity. It evolves through various phases from Burgundian to Italian (betraying the influence of ...

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