Antonio di Puccio Pisano, considered the founder of the modern medal, was born in Pisa and trained in Verona. He worked in most of the major courts of Italy and had become famous as a painter of frescoes, portraits and animals by the time he cast his first medal, that of John Palaeologus, in 1438.
See Corpus, pp. 6-13; Hill, "On some dates in the career of Pisanello," Numismatic Chronicle (1931), pp. 181-96; Hill, "A lost medal by Pisanello," Pantheon 8 (1931), pp. 487-88; Hill in Thieme-Becker 27, pp. 92-93; M. Salmi, "Appunti su Pisanello medaglista," Annali dell'lstitiito Italiano di Numismatica 4 (1957), pp. 13-23; B. Degenhart, DBdl 3 (1961), pp. 571-74; idem "Pisanello," Encyclopedia of World Art 11 (1966), cols. 369-75. Monographs on the artist are by Hill, London 1905; B. Degenhart, Turin 1945; E. Sindona, Milan 1961; G. Paccagnini, London/New York 1973; and G. Paccagnini, Pisanello alla corte dei Gonzaga, Venice 1972. The monograph on the drawings by Pisanello is M. Fossi Todorow, I disegni del Pisanello e della sua cerchia, Florence 1966. G. F. Hill, Drawings by Pisanello, Paris/Brussels 1929 (reissued New York 1965), contains seventy-one drawings of which only thirty-five are accepted by Fossi Todorow.
--- from The Molinari Collection, Andrea S. Norris and Ingrid Weber, Published by Bowdoin College, 1976