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Wide-rimmed bowl with figures from Virgil's Aeneid

Artist:
Workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)
Artist:
Painter of the Three Graces
Artist:
Border figures derived from an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, Argini (?) ca. 1480–before 1534 Bologna (?))
Designer:
After designs by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome)
Date:
1525
Culture:
Italian, Gubbio
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 2 × 11 1/8 in. (5.1 × 28.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.279
Not on view
In Virgil’s Aeneid, humans are subject to the whims of the gods. This bowl belongs to a service featuring characters from the tale, and the artist ingeniously used the bowl's divided surface to depict the dual realms of heaven and earth. Humans are restricted to the deep central well, and gods to the broad, flat rim. Here, the mortal Anchises leans on his staff, while divine Juno and Aeolus are pictured among the clouds.
Signature: On back, in luster: 1525 / M°•G°•
Baron Adolphe de Rothschild , Paris (until d. 1900; to his great-nephew, Baron Maurice de Rothschild); by inheritance, baron Maurice de Rothschild , Pregny, Switzerland (1900–1913/14; sold to Duveen) ; [ Duveen Brothers , New York, 1913/14–19; sold to Blumenthal ] ; Mrs. George Blumenthal , Paris and New York (1919–d. 1930; to her husband, George) ; George Blumenthal (1930–41; to MMA)
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