Plate with Pluto Abducting Persephone

Circle of Nicola di Gabriele Sbraghe, called Nicola da Urbino, Italian (active Urbino), recorded 1520, died 1537/38

Made in Urbino, Italy, Europe

c. 1525-1535

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

1 5/16 x 12 3/8 inches (3.3 x 31.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 250, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 2005

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This handsome plate was executed by a skilled painter familiar with the mature style of Nicola da Urbino. Recent scholarship has associated the style of painting on the plate with the work of an unidentified master called the “Painter of the Apollo Basin,” named after a piece dated 1532 in the Musei Civici, Pesaro, Italy.

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