About this artwork

The Sienese lawyer Borghesi is shown in profile. The medal commemorates his military role as commissioner general of the Sienese army in 1479. The Sienese had successfully supported the combined forces of Pope Sixtus IV and King Ferdinand of Naples against the Florentines at the Battle of Poggio Imperiale. The inscriptions record Borghesi’s honours: a knighthood from the Neapolitan commander and the title ‘Pater Patriae’ from the Sienese government. Minerva, goddess of wisdom, learning and war, is an appropriate figure for the medal’s reverse.

Updated before 2020

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Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Francesco di Giorgio Martini