Leone Leoni

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Bronze bust of Emperor Charles V , Museo del Prado in Madrid
Undated medal (1563) by Leone Leoni on Michelangelo's 88th birthday (obverse).
The back of Michelangelo's 88th birthday medal.

Leone Leoni (* around 1509 in Menaggio ; † July 22, 1590 in Milan ) was an Italian sculptor , goldsmith and medalist of the Renaissance .


Leoni was born in Arezzo and led an eventful life that led him to many Italian cities and as a sculptor to Emperor Charles V also to Germany , Spain and the Netherlands . Leoni eventually settled in Milan, where he designed coins and medals for Cardinal Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle and Michelangelo . In 1556 he designed a silver scudo with the portrait of Philip II as Duke of Milan. The building erected by Leoni in the 1570s, the so-called "House of Omenoni" (Italian: " Casa degli Omenoni ") in Via degli Omenoni, in which he maintained his workshop, still exists today.

Casa degli Omenoni ” in Via degli Omenoni, Milan

Leoni's son, Pompeo Leoni (1533–1608), was also a sculptor. He went to Spain , where he completed the bronze sculptures that his father had designed for the main chapel in the Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial . Pompeo Leoni owned Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and notes and rearranged them.


  • Éduard Plon: Les maitres italiens au service de la maison d'Autriche, Leone Leoni scuplpteur de Charles V et Pompeo Leoni sculpteur de Philippe II. 1887.
  • Filippo II, Re di Spagna, Duca di Milano. Banca Commerciala Italiana, Milan 1993.

Web links

Commons : Leone Leoni  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Leoni, Leone in: L. Forrer: Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, Volume III, London 1907, p. 398 ff., English.