Storage jar (albarello) with a profile portrait

Date: ca. 1480–1500

Culture: Italian, probably Naples or Naples district

Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 12 9/16 × 5 3/8 × 5 3/8 in. (31.9 × 13.7 × 13.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1946

Accession Number: 46.85.15


The distinctive profile of the man depicted on this storage jar might suggest that it is the portrait of a specific individual. It has been proposed that it represents King Charles VIII of France (1470–1498), who invaded Italy in 1494–95 and attempted, without success, to seize the throne of Naples.