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Plate with broad rim and shallow well. Earthenware, covered front and back with a presumed tin-glaze. Painted decoration with golden and red lustre, reclining river god holding a rudder and palm branch. Figure after an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael's Judgement of Paris. Reverse has bands of golden lustre and scrolling decoration in red lustre.
- Production date
Diameter: 24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Personifying a river in the form of a reclining male nude was popular with Renaissance artists, who re-used and adapted ancient Roman iconography to create their own narrative style. River gods frequently appear in Roman sculpture as powerfully-modelled nudes, as here, although in this case the maiolica painter has taken his figure from a contemporary print illustrating a Roman legend, 'The Judgement of Paris', by Marcantonio Raimondi. This figure is identified as a river god by the ship's rudder which he holds in one hand. The relationship of the nude figure to the landscape is typical of Italian Renaissance maiolica.
Bibliography: Maioliche umbre decorato a lustro 1982 fig. 22.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 25 Jan-15 Apr, London, Wallace Collection, Xanto: Pottery-painter, Poet, Man of the Renaissance
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1989 12 Sep-15 Oct, Glasgow, Art Gallery & Museum, Ceramics for the Italian Renaissance
1989 22 Jan-2 Apr, Stoke-on-Trent, City Museum & Art Gallery, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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