Design for a Dish with Portraits of the Roman Emperors Vetllius, Domitian, and Augustus
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Sheet: 5 × 5 1/8 in. (12.7 × 13 cm)
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1923
Not on view
Design for a dish with medallions containing the portraits of three Roman Emperors – Vetllius (top), Domitian (left), and Augustus (right) – around a central medallion with the title. Between the medallions, ornament with three scenes of jesters misbehaving. From a series of four plates.
Inscription: In central medallion: MAXIMA EGESTAS EST AVARITIA; around top medallion: VITELIVS.GERMANICVS.AVG.PM.TR.P / A; around left medallion: GERM . COS. XII. CENS. PER. P / IMP. / CAES. DOMIT. AVG.; around right medallion: DIVVS. AVGVSTVS / PATER; across bottom: THEO' DE BRY. FE. ET. EX