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Plate with angel

ca. 1510–30
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered
Overall (confirmed): 3 1/4 × 15 1/2 in. (8.3 × 39.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Small religious pictures were considered an essential component of the Renaissance domestic interior, as they provided opportunities for private worship. This display plate converts a large public image—the angel is borrowed from a famous fresco painting in Perugia—into one designed for quiet reflection in the home. The addition of a book underscores the purpose of this image as a model for the viewer, who might imitate the pious angel by studying a devotional text.
Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (until d. 1920) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given to the MMA in exchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards [carnets de bal] from the J. P. Morgan collection ]
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