Low–footed bowl with bust of a woman, ca. 1530
Urbino or Castel Durante
Tin–glazed earthenware (maiolica); Diam. 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)
Inscribed: livia bella
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.1084)
The woman painted on this bella donna footed bowl, or coppa, is identified as "Beautiful Livia." She wears a silk velvet cap, or scufia, with a jewel at the center and a necklace of black cord, whose pendant is tucked into her bodice—fashionable attire of the period. It is one of a group of bowls celebrating women, including caterina bella, elisabetta bella, and aura bella, that seem to have been painted in Urbino or Castel Durante, and some of which were also lustered in Gubbio.