Small religious pictures were considered an essential component of the Renaissance domestic interior, as they provided opportunities for private worship. This display dish converts a large public image—the angel is borrowed from a famous fresco painting in Perugia—into one designed for quiet reflection in the home. The addition of a book underscores the purpose of this image as a model for the viewer, who might imitate the pious angel by studying a devotional text.
Inscription: Stickers on underside:  C 1956;  92.
Written in ink on underside:  92;  pA (?)
Walter von Pannwitz , Berlin (until d. 1920) ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel , New York, until 1965; one of fourteen maiolica pieces given to the MMA in exchange for a group of eighteenth-century boxes and dance cards [carnets de bal] from the J. P. Morgan collection ]