Cast bronze medal of Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472). Italian architect and scholar. 1450-1455. He may have provided a self-portrait drawing for the front. He certainly provided the design for the reverse, which shows his device, the hieroglyph of the winged eye. This, he explained, represented divinity, 'seeing all things and distinguishing each separate one', the inspiration of the scholar and artist to aim for excellence, to be all-embracing in the pursuit of knowledge. Cast-bronze medal, diam. 9.25 cm. Inv. G3,ILL.M.1.
British Museum, London, Great Britain
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3600 X 1850 px