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Niccolò di Pietro Boni
  • Gian Francesco Rustici (1475 - 1554)
  • Niccolò di Pietro Boni
  • Italy, Florence
  • 1528
  • Medal
  • Bronze, chased
  • Diameter: 6.3 cm
  • Inscription: 'NICHOLAVS ٠/ ٠ PETRI ٠/ ٠ DEBONIS ٠ MDXXVIII ٠'
  • S349
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • Niccolò Boni was the housekeeper of the Florentine sculptor and painter Giovanni Francesco Rustici. In 1528 Rustici, who was of noble birth and more of a dilettante than a professional artist, left for France, leaving his property in Florence under the supervision of Boni. It has been suggested that he made this medal as a farewell gift. Boni’s dress as an Emperor all’antica may relate to his appearance in the mascarades that were popular in Florentine aristocratic society.