Plate with Arethusa Fleeing Alpheus
Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo, Italian (active Urbino), recorded 1530 - 1542. Lustered in the workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, Italian (active Gubbio), recorded from 1489, died 1555.
This unruly composition captures some of the surprising aspects of the narrative from Ovid's Metamorphoses in which Arethusa is rescued from the lecherous hands of Alpheus by Diana, chaste goddess of the hunt. Without holding the plate, it is hard to appreciate the role of Giorgio Andreoli's luster details—here in gold, silver, and ruby—that enliven the scene.
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