Dish with The Story of Semiramis

Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo
After a design by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503

This large dish has a wide depression and narrow rim. The organization of the imagery relates to these specifications; the figures on the rim are mere bystanders responding to the scene of Queen Semiramis receiving a visitor, and the primary narrative is completely enclosed within the plate’s central well.

Dish with The Story of Semiramis, Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582), Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware), lustered, Italian, Urbino with Gubbio or Urbino luster

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