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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.

Made in Urbino, Italy, Europe
Lustered in Gubbio, Italy, Europe


Tin-glazed and lustered earthenware (maiolica)

1 5/8 x 11 13/16 inches (4.1 x 30 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 350, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, 1943

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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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