Dish with a Triton

Possibly workshop of the Patanazzi family, Italian (active Urbino), active late 16th - early 17th century

Made in Urbino, Italy, Europe

c. 1579 or later

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

2 1/4 x 12 5/8 inches (5.7 x 32.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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

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125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 1999

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The difference of painting styles between the central image and the surrounding border point to the execution by two artists. Numerous pieces of maiolica depict triumphant sea creatures, subjects generally popular in Renaissance art. The Patanazzi—a dynasty active for several generations—continued the style of the Fontana family, to whom they were related, into the seventeenth century.

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