Dish with two lovers

Italian, Deruta

Not on view

The likely contexts for the display of large dishes are not easily identified. Clues might be found in a dish's subject matter, which was often either amorous—as with this embracing couple—or religious. Both subjects are essentially domestic, lending themselves to the private spaces of a wealthy home. The metallic sheen on this dish, the result of a difficult technique called lustering, would have made it all the more desirable to a Renaissance patron.

Dish with two lovers, Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered, Italian, Deruta

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