probably the "In Castel Durante" Painter (Italian, active Castel Durante, first half of 16th century)
Italian, Castel Durante
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Diameter: 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The woman painted on this bella donna footed bowl, or coppa, is identified as "Beautiful Livia." She wears a silk velvet cap, or scufia, with a jewel at the center and a necklace of black cord, whose pendant is tucked into her bodice—fashionable attire of the period. It is one of a group of bowls celebrating women, including caterina bella, elisabetta bella, and aura bella, that seem to have been painted in Urbino or Castel Durante, and some of which were also lustered in Gubbio.
Inscription: Behind her, a scroll decorated with foliage and inscribed: LIV IA BELLA
Achillito Chiesa, Milan (Chiesa sale 1926, lot 430, ill.).
Artist: probably the "In Castel Durante" Painter (Italian, active Castel Durante, first half of 16th century)Date: ca. 1530Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)Accession: 1975.1.1084On view in:Not on view