Roundel with mock Triumph of Love, ca. 1510–20
Perhaps Castel Durante or elsewhere in the Marches
Tin–glazed earthenware (maiolica); Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.1025)
This charming scene is a mock triumphal procession in which a woman sits in a chariot with her arms bound, and a man in armor, also with his arms bound, stands on a column at the front of the chariot. A blindfolded Cupid, symbolizing the way in which he shoots love's arrows blindly, is also present. The mood is comedic and probably meant as a playful burlesque of the perils of passion.