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Tile

Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Perugia (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1543 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durantino, Francesco (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Museum number:

    441-1906

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

An exceptional tiled pavement exhibiting the virtuosity characteristic of mannerist design is known from the Rocca Paolina in Perugia. This massive fortress was built by the decree of Pope Paul III and officially completed in 1543. Surviving tiles from the floor, such as this damaged example, were painted with 'grotesque' ornament set against an intense blue ground. One tile from the floor is dated 1543, in which year it is known that orders for tiles for the building were placed with the workshop of Guido di Merlino in Urbino. It is possible that the maiolica painter Francesco Durantino, may have been involved in their production.

Place of Origin

Perugia (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1543 (made)

Artist/maker

Durantino, Francesco (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

Dimensions

Height: 18.4 cm

Object history note

Formerly decorating the Rocca Paolina, Perugia.

Descriptive line

PART; C

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Graves, Alun. Tiles and Tilework of Europe. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, fig 3.10 pp53-54.
Wilson, T., 'The Maiolica-Painter Francesco Durantino: Mobility and Collaboration in Urbino "istoriato", in: Silvia Glaser (ed), Italienische Fayencen der Renaissance: Ihre Spuren in internationalen Museumssammlungen, Neuremberg (Germanischen Nationalmuseums) 2004, pp. 124-125, fig. 23

Production Note

For information on attribution, see letter from Timothy Wilson in Object File.

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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