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date: 28 October 2020

Sperandio (Savelli)locked

(b Mantua, ?1425; d Venice ?1504).
  • Mark M. Salton



(b Mantua, ?1425; d Venice ?1504).

Italian medallist, architect, sculptor, painter, bronze and cannon caster. He was the son of a Roman goldsmith, Bartolommeo di Sperandio Savelli. In c. 1437 the family left Mantua to settle in Ferrara, where Sperandio was probably trained in goldsmithing by his father. Sperandio is first mentioned as a goldsmith at Ferrara in 1445 and again in 1447. He appears to have returned to Mantua at some point and to have been employed by Borso d’Este, Marchese of Ferrara, by the early 1460s. His medals of Giovanni II Bentivoglio, Prince of Bologna, Bartolommeo Pendaglia, merchant at Ferrara, Giustiniano Cavitelli, jurisconsult at Cremona, and Antonio Sarzanella de’ Manfredi of Faenza have been assigned to the early years of his first period in Ferrara (1462–77). The medal depicting Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan (c. 1466), shows the sitter in three-quarter view (the only en face medallic work by Sperandio). It does not appear to have been executed from life, but from a painting or drawing. After Borso d’Este’s death and ...

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