Dish with a Landscape

Jacopo da Pesaro Italian

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This is one of the grandest examples known today of a dish with a landscape scene rendered in blue-tinted glaze (berettino) and monochrome blue decoration. Painters and printmakers in sixteenth-century Venice established the landscape as an independent genre, and the subject was soon adopted in potteries. At the same time a taste developed for berettino wares, which were produced in several centers across Italy. The monochrome palette focuses attention on the painter’s ability to represent space, light and shadow. These effects are masterfully on display here, as the entire surface of the large dish supports the painted scene. The painter allowed himself particularly expressive flourishes of brushwork to render the plants in the foreground on the rim.

Dish with a Landscape, Jacopo da Pesaro (Italian, active Venice, 1507–ca. 1550), Tin-glazed earthenware painted with dark blue and white highlights on light blue berettino ground, Italian, Venice

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