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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Dish

1533 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In 16th century Italy wealthy aristocratic patrons could order large maiolica services decorated with paintings by talented artists. They were painted in the 'istoriato' style, with scenes from history. Such services were probably used on grand occasions. They were also intended for display. Today individual pieces are to be found in collections all over the world.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Tin-glazed earthenware
Brief Description
Tin-glazed earthenware dish depicting the Marriage of Ninus and Semiramis, and the arms of Gonzaga impaling Paleologo, painted by Francesco Xanto Avelli, Urbino, dated 1533
Physical Description
Tin-glazed earthenware dish (maiolica)
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 46.9cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'M.D.XXXIII Hor uedi la magnanima Reina chuna treccia riuolta, e, laltra sparsa corse alla, Babilonica ruina. Nel. I. libro di Trogo Pompeio'; 'Fra: Xato. A Rouigo i urbino'
Gallery Label
DISH Dated 1533 Francesco Xanto Avelli (1486/7?-1542?) The scene on this dish derives from an engraved copy of a work by the much-admired Italian artist Raphael. It was executed by the painter and poet Francesco Avelli, whose signature appears on the back. His choice of subject matter shows the Greek general Alexander overcome with love for Roxana, daughter of King Oxyartes. Italy, Urbino Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica); originally with a foot With the arms of Margherita Paleologo of Monferrato, wife of Federigo Gonzaga, 1st Duke of Mantua Museum no. 1748-1855(2008)
Subject depicted
Association
Summary
In 16th century Italy wealthy aristocratic patrons could order large maiolica services decorated with paintings by talented artists. They were painted in the 'istoriato' style, with scenes from history. Such services were probably used on grand occasions. They were also intended for display. Today individual pieces are to be found in collections all over the world.
Bibliographic References
  • Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
  • Mallet, J.V.G, Xanto: Pottery-painter, Poet, Man of the Italian Renaissance (London: The Wallace Collection, 2007), cat. 40
  • V&A Gonzaga Exhibition
Other Number
632 - Rackham (1977)
Collection
Accession Number
1748-1855

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