Dish with a Portrait of Orsella

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Geography:
Made in Deruta, Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1500-1510

Medium:
Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Dimensions:
2 1/4 x 15 1/16 inches (5.7 x 38.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

* Gallery 254, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (Rubenstein Gallery)

Accession Number:
2007-187-3

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 2003

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Label:
The B following the name Orsella stands for bella, meaning beautiful. The portrait of the young man on the rim, positioned so that he is facing the young woman, suggests that this dish was made to commemorate a betrothal or marriage.


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