Intarsia by Fra Damiano da Bergamo (Damiano di Antoniolo de Zambelli) (ca. 1480–1549)
36 x 32in. (91.4 x 81.3cm)
Framed: 40 3/8 × 36 1/4 × 8 in., 128.8 lb. (102.6 × 92.1 × 20.3 cm, 58.4 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1912
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
This panel was made for the Renaissance historian Francesco Guicciardini (1483–1540). It includes his coat of arms and those of his well-born wife, Maria Salviati. It represents the collaboration between a celebrated designer and a famous craftsman, who specialized in the challenging art of wood inlay.
Signature: On steps of palace: F [rater] Damianus Bergomen [sis] or [dinis] praed[icatorum] F[ecit]. MD.XXXIIII (Brother of Bergamo of the order of the Preachers [Dominicans] made it in 1534).
Inscription: On flower box, in lower right hand corner: INFANTVLVS MOSES IN SCIRPEA FISCELLA NILO COMMISSVS, REGIS FILLIAE ALENDVS EDVCITVR (the infant Moses, set adrift on the Nile in a rush-bakset, is brought to the King's daughter to be nourished).
Artist: Written by Jacopo [Giacomo] Barozzi da Vignola (Italian, Vignola 1507–1573 Rome)Date: 1583Medium: Printed book with woodcut, etched, and engraved illustrationsAccession: 41.100.158On view in:Not on view