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Emiliano Orfini da Foligno

Italian, active 1461 - 1484

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Emiliano Orfini was a goldsmith and die engraver employed at the papal mint at Rome to produce dies for the Popes Pus II (1458-1464), Paul II (1464-1471), and Sixtus IV (1471-1484). The first payment to Orfini is recorded on 13 May 1461 and he probably lost his employment at the death of Sixtus IV. As master of the mint in Rome, he also organized the papal mints at Perugia and Foligno and in his native Foligno ran his own workshop. He was a very accomplished die engraver, and the original gold examples of the medal for the consistory, of either 1466 or 1467, are now thought to be his work, rather than that of the court goldsmith Andrea di Niccolò da Viterbo, much favored by the Pope Paul II.

[This is the artist's biography published in the NGA systematic catalogue of Renaissance medals.]

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