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Dish with Diana, the Nymph of Fontainebleau

Maker:
Manner of Bernard Palissy (French, Agen, Lot-et-Garonne 1510–1590 Paris)
Artist:
After an engraving by René Boyvin (French, Angers ca. 1525–1598 or 1625/6 Angers)
Artist:
After an engraving by Pierre Milan (French, active 1537–40)
Artist:
After an original design by Rosso Fiorentino (Italian, Florence 1494–1540 Fontainebleau)
Date:
second half 19th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Lead-glazed earthenware
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 2 11/16 × 11 7/8 × 10 1/8 in. (6.8 × 30.2 × 25.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953
Accession Number:
53.225.66
Not on view
The scene on this plate is based on a print begun by the skilled Parisian engraver Pierre Milan and finished several years later by an assistant to Milan, René Boyvin. The original composition is after a fresco by Rosso Fiorentino ("Il Rosso"). The subject refers to the origin of the name of Fontainebleau: a thirsty hunting dog named Bleau separated from its master and found in the forest a clear, pure spring; his master, "one of our kings," named the spring after him "la Fontaine de Bleau."

The image of Diana, Nymph of Fontainbleau, enjoyed great popularity: the Museum has two other versions of this composition, notably a copy of the engraving in the Department of Drawings and Prints (32.105), and an oil on wood painting in the Department of European Paintings (42.105.12).
Inscription: Stickers: [1] 18; [2] 6773 (Berwind list number)
Julia A. Berwind (until 1953; to MMA)
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