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Hercules and Lichas

Artist:
Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
Date:
1532
Culture:
Italian, Urbino
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Diam. 11-1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.9.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
His servant Lichas unknowingly brought Hercules a poisoned garment. Maddened by pain, Hercules hurled Lichas into the sea.
Signature: On back, after inscription: ".fra(n) Xa(n) to. A./ da Rouigo, i(n) Vrbino."

Inscription: On back: ".1532./ Da Hercol' Lica/ i(n)/ mar scagliato à furia./ Nel. VIIII libro d(e) Ovidio Met:/".
[ Goldschmidt (until 1904; sold to MMA) ]
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