American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society




Sperandio of Mantua (ca. 1431-1504). AE cast medal of Virgilio di Gasparo Malvezzi (d. 1481), Bologna, 1479. The most prolific of the 15th century Italian medallists, Sperandio worked in Faenza, Ferrara, Milan and Venice in addition to Bologna and his native Mantua. Much admired by later artists such as Augustus Saint- Gaudens, he executed masterful portraits though his medals show a degree of roughness, conceptual difficulty and oddly arranged lettering. Malvezzi was a public-spirited Bolognese nobleman and associate of the Bentivoglios; the reverse of this piece is an allegory of civic vigilance. Hill 383 (ANS 0000.999.56238) 83.2 mm.

2012 Stephen K. Scher Lecture: Exploring the Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini by Andrea Bayer, Associate Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thursday, 2 February, 2012
75 Varick Street, Fl. 11
New York, NY 10013

5:30 pm reception
6:00 pm lecture
A subscription dinner will be held following the event at a nearby restaurant. $85 per person, pre-registration required

rsvp required to membership@numismatics.org (212) 571-4470 ext 117

government issued photographic i.d. required for entry

about the lecture

An exhibition currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the independent portrait in Italy from its origins through the end of the Quattrocento in all media -- paintings, sculpture, drawings, and medals. This lecture will provide an introduction to the exhibition with a particular focus on the superb group of medals and on their role in the development of the portrait, especially in the Italian Court cities. They will be examined alongside some of the most noteworthy painted and sculpted depictions of great characters of the Renaissance.

about the lecturer

Dr. Andrea Bayer was educated at Barnard College (Columbia University; class of 1978) and Princeton University, where she wrote a dissertation on the arts in Brescia in the early sixteenth century under the direction of Prof. John Shearman (PhD. 1990). She has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1989, first in the Department of Prints and Photographs and, from 1990, in the Department of European Paintings. There she has been involved in numerous exhibitions, including Jusepe de Ribera 1591-1652 (1992); Giambattista Tiepolo 1696-1770 (1996); Dosso Dossi: Court Painter in Renaissance Ferrara (1998-1999); The Still Lifes of Evaristo Baschenis. The Music of Silence (2000-2001); Painters of Reality: The Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy (2004); Antonello da Messina: Sicily’s Renaissance Master (2005-2006); Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (2008- 2009); and most recently The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini (2011). She has written extensively on north Italian painting of the Renaissance, including two Museum Bulletins on painting north of the Apennines (2003 and 2005), and a chapter on the arts of Brescia and Bergamo in Artistic Centers of the Italian Renaissance: Venice and the Veneto (ed. Peter Humfrey) (2007). Some of her lecturing in recent years has concentrated on collecting and connoisseurship, including a paper given last year on “Collecting North Italian Painting at the Metropolitan Museum” (The Frick Collection, Center for the History of Collecting in America, 2010). Dr. Bayer has been a Curator in the Department of European Paintings since 2007 and is also the Coordinating Curator for Curatorial Studies, the graduate program run by the Metropolitan Museum and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She was the Interim Head of the Department of Education at the Metropolitan Museum in 2009. and is currently at work on a group of special projects for the Director’s Office connected with the re-launch of the Museum’s website and other initiatives related to the visitor’s experience.