Plate with Hercules and Lichas and arms of the Pucci family
Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582)
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Diameter: 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1904
Not on view
In the early 1530s, the painter Xanto created an ambitious dinner service for a member of the Pucci family of Florence; six plates from the set are displayed here. On this example, the Pucci arms can be seen at upper left, while at the center, Hercules grabs a would-be assassin by the ankle. The action continues at right, where Hercules’s defeated opponent flies headlong into the sea.
Signature: On back, below inscription, within foot ring: • fra[n] Xa[n]to • A • / da Rouigo, i[n] Vrbino.
Inscription: On back: • 1532 • / Da Hercol' Lica / i[n] / mar scagliato à furia • / Nel. VIIII libro d[e] Ovidio Met:/.
[ J. & S. Goldschmidt , Frankfurt, by 1903–4; sold to MMA ]