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Lucrezia bella

ca. 1480–1500
Italian, probably Montelupo
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): H. 9 3/8 x W. 11 1/8 x D. 11 1/8 in. (23.8 x 28.3 x 28.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
This is an early example of the Belle donne ("beautiful women") ceramics popular throughout the Renaissance. They were probably made as amorous gifts, although it is difficult to know if they are really portraits of individuals. Because of the imagery of this bowl it may refer to Lucrezia de’Medici, the daughter of Lorenzo the Magnificent (whose birthtray is displayed in this gallery), born in 1470.
Inscription: Inscribed inside bowl on scroll: LVC/RETIA. B. (Lucretia Bella)
J. Pierpont Morgan , New York ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (before 1927–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4, 1946, no. 64; sold through French & Co. to MMA)
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