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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 145

Tile

ca. 1471-1482 (made)
Place of origin

This tile is from a pavement commissioned by Maria De Benedetti, abbess of the Convento di San Paolo in Parma, between 1471 and 1482. The convent's large square tiles were boldly painted with figures and profile portraits of men and women in contemporary dress, as well as animals and mythological subjects. The pavement was probably laid in a chapel in the gardens of the convent, though by the early 19th century the tiles had been moved from their original location.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in colours
Brief description
Floor tile, tin-glazed earthenware, painted in colours, probably Pesaro, Italy, ca. 1471-1482
Dimensions
  • Width: 21cm
  • Height: 21cm
  • Thickness: 2cm
Marks and inscriptions
'Sia data in m de zovano...' (Inscribed in blue)
Object history
From a pavement commissioned by Maria De Benedetti for the Convento di San Paolo in Parma.
Subject depicted
Summary
This tile is from a pavement commissioned by Maria De Benedetti, abbess of the Convento di San Paolo in Parma, between 1471 and 1482. The convent's large square tiles were boldly painted with figures and profile portraits of men and women in contemporary dress, as well as animals and mythological subjects. The pavement was probably laid in a chapel in the gardens of the convent, though by the early 19th century the tiles had been moved from their original location.
Bibliographic references
  • Graves, Alun. Tiles and Tilework of Europe. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, fig 3.4, pp47 & 49.
  • Liefkes, Reino and Hilary Young, eds. Masterpieces of World Ceramics.. London: V & A Publishing, 2008. pp.60-61, ill ISBN 9781 851 775279.
Collection
Accession number
12-1890

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Record createdJanuary 7, 2004
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