Anonymous, Heraldic deeds of Galeotto Manfredi

Anonymous,
Heraldic deeds of Galeotto Manfredi

Anonymous, Heraldic deeds of Galeotto Manfredi
Second half of the XV century, sandstone, 85×70 cm, Inv. n. 201

Set in a terracotta frame, the circular bas relief in sandstone bears an emblem of the Manfredi family that can be identified as that of Galeotto Manfredi, born in 1440 and Lord of Faenza from 1477 to 1488.

Divided into two sectors by the flowering palm curved in a moon shape, on the right is a crowing cockerel perched on the palm leaf, a symbol of Galeotto. In the other part of the tondo is the traditional symbol of the Manfredi family, reproduced also in the fireplace attributed to the workshop of Desiderio da Settignano, consisting of the lancet used for bloodletting, the cord used as a tourniquet, and the wound dripping blood.

The flowering palm is the symbol of Galeotto, of which many have survived, sometimes flanked by a cartouche with the words “Justus ut” to recall Psalm 92:12: The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

← Sala Manfredi