Design for a Dish with Portraits of the Roman Emperors Nero, Galba, and Caligula
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Sheet: 5 × 5 in. (12.7 × 12.7 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 – Nero (top), Galba (left), and Caligula(right) – around a central medallion with the title. To the left and right of the central medallion, scenes with grotesques, including two armored figures jousting towards each other at center. Below, a female figure supported by two mermen and flanked by birds. From a series of four plates.
Inscription: In central medallion: IMMODICA / IRA GIGNIT / INSANIAM; around top medallion: NERO GLAVD CAESAR AVG / GERPM TRPIM PPP ; around left medallion: IMP SER SVLP GALBA / CAES AVG TRPOT; around right medallion: C. CAESAR . DIVI . AVG / PRON . AVG . PM . TR . III . PP; across bottom: THEODOR DE BRY, FECIT ET EXCVDEBAT