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Topic: italian art

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Bell

Bell

Rome ?, Italy

Bracelet Bell

Bracelet Bell

Rome, Italy

Bell

Bell

Rome, Italy ancient?

Bell

Bell

Rome?, Italy? ancient?

Bell

Bell

Rome?, Italy

Bell

Bell

Pompeii, Italy

Bell

Bell

Rome ?, Italy

Bell

Bell

Rome ?, Italy

Bell

Bell

Small bells were worn by household pets or as jewelry (like the nearby bracelet bell).Lost-Wax Cast BellsThe art of lost-wax metal casting has been used on the west coast of Africa for centuries. The technique... more

Bell

Bell

Rome, Italy

Bell

Bell

Italy

Bell

Bell

Rome or Cologne

Terracotta bowl

Terracotta bowl

This mold-made bowl was produced locally imitating Italian Arretine ware. Early Imperial

Seshesh

Seshesh

Italian? Roman?

The Martyrdom of Saint Clement I, Pope

The Martyrdom of Saint Clement I, Pope

This sheet constitutes a study, with several variations, for a fresco painted by Agostino Ciampelli in 1596-1597 on one of the end walls of the Canon's Sacristy in San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, on the commiss... more

Bell

Bell

Rome, Italy ancient?

The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, Pope Saint Dionysius, Filippo Neri and a Male Saint

The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, Pope Saint Dionysius...

Philip Pouncey, in 1965, identified this drawing as Baccio Ciarpi's preparatory study for his altarpiece in the church of San Silvestro in Capite, Rome. In the painting Saint Louis, King of France, appears to t... more

Fragment with Excised Motif

Fragment with Excised Motif

This ceramic fragment was excavated in Ctesiphon, the Sasanian metropolis and administrative capital conquered by Arab Muslim armies in 637. The city was known in Arabic as al-Mada’in, or "the cities", for its ... more

Capital with Angel Holding a Shield
Pillar with Capital

Pillar with Capital

Each of the four faces of this pillar shows a different scrolled vine-and-leaf pattern. The exact use of the pillar is unclear. Along with an identical one now in Berlin, it may have been part of a pulpit or a ... more

Relief Panel with Two Griffins Drinking from a Cup

Relief Panel with Two Griffins Drinking from a Cup

The mythical griffin, a creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, often appeared in Christian contexts. The representation of two confronted griffins is derived from ancient Near Eas... more

Bursa Reliquary

Bursa Reliquary

The flat, geometric, and abstract style of the designs on this reliquary is similar to ivory carvings and architectural decoration of Northern Italy. The openwork patterns of the bone plaques were originally si... more

Plaque with the Holy Women at the Sepulchre

Plaque with the Holy Women at the Sepulchre

This ivory plaque probably once served as part of a decorative cover for a liturgical manuscript. Three holy women intent on anointing the body of Jesus approach his burial place, the Holy Sepulchre, seen here ... more

Relief with a Bird

Relief with a Bird

This relief, cut down from a larger composition, shows an imaginary bird, a cock with a griffin-like head, set within foliage. It is from Salerno, where it was said to have been built into the masonry of a ch... more

Buddha with Bodhisattvas Padmapani and Vajrapani

Buddha with Bodhisattvas Padmapani and Vajrapani

This early molded-clay shrine, among the most complete example from tenth-century Tibet, depicts the three prevailing deities of early Tibetan Buddhism. A Sanskrit ye dharma verse in Tibetan script adorns the b... more

Marble Decorative Panels

Marble Decorative Panels

Marble panels like these were used throughout the Byzantine world as bases for templons as well as for low walls for the galleries of churches and beneath windows. Since they were widely exported, such panels a... more

Marble Decorative Panels

Marble Decorative Panels

Marble panels like these were used throughout the Byzantine world as bases for templons as well as for low walls for the galleries of churches and beneath windows. Since they were widely exported, such panels a... more

Pilasters

Pilasters

Derived from ancient sources, like the marble itself, the carved vine, grapes and birds are symbolic of the sacrament of communion. The pilasters were originally part of a choir screen surrounding an altar. Mad... more

Wedge-shaped Capital

Wedge-shaped Capital

Made in Apulia, Italy

Panel with a Standing Figure of Christ

Panel with a Standing Figure of Christ

This plaque, which might have served as either an icon or a book cover, shows Christ holding a book with a Greek inscription, I am the door (John 10:9). The concept of Christ as the door of salvation was rare i... more

Liturgical Comb

Liturgical Comb

Decorated double-sided combs were generally used for the ritual preparation of the priest before the celebration of the Mass, but they could have a secular function as well. In some cases they entered church tr... more

Vase with Peony Scroll

Vase with Peony Scroll

The complicated technique used to create the striking decoration on this jar is often classified by the Italian term sgraffito, which means scratched. The vase was covered first with a white slip and then a bla... more

Bowl
Wellhead
Censer
Textile with a Pattern of Stars and Birds, Originally from a Cap

Textile with a Pattern of Stars and Birds, Originally from a Cap

This textile was part of a cap, whose paper lining (46.156.11b) shows words of an inscribed text. The style of this script appears to be connected with the Ayyubid, late Fatimid or early Mamluk periods, while t... more

Eagle Relief

Eagle Relief

Made in South Italian

Plaque with the Crucifixion

Plaque with the Crucifixion

This plaque probably served as the central panel of a triptych icon. Made in Amalfi, Italy

Plaque with God Creating the Animals

Plaque with God Creating the Animals

From the Cathedral of Salerno, this plaque comes from a set of about fifty ivories depicting biblical scenes that may have decorated a large church furnishing. Made in Amalfi

Capital

Capital

The marble used to carve this capital comes from the island of Naxos in Greece, bearing witness to the strong trade connections between southern Italy and Greece. The delicacy of the carving and the extensive d... more

Cameo with Saint Nicholas

Cameo with Saint Nicholas

This glass paste imitation cameo is of Saint Nicholas of Myra, who wears clerical dress identifying him as a bishop.Expensive cameo and semiprecious hard stone carvings for personal devotion were so highly priz... more

Decorative Roundel

Decorative Roundel

Made in Venice probably, Veneto, Italy

Oliphant

Oliphant

Decorated elephant tusks could be employed as drinking vessels, as horns to announce the hunt, or as symbols of feudal rights. In churches, some served as reliquary containers. As this example shows Christ as t... more

Column Base

Column Base

Made in probably Campania, Italy

Decorative Roundel

Decorative Roundel

Made in Venice probably, Veneto, Italy

Decorative Roundel

Decorative Roundel

Made in Venice probably, Veneto, Italy

Capital

Capital

Made in possibly Venice, Italy

Fragments of a Frieze

Fragments of a Frieze

Made in Latium, Italy

Decorative Roundel

Decorative Roundel

Made in Venice probably, Veneto, Italy

Casket with Erotes and Animals

Casket with Erotes and Animals

In scenes recalling antiquity, two panels on the lid of this casket show erotes (nude children), fighting (left) and playing music (right). The style of the animals represented on the four sides suggests that t... more

Frieze Fragment

Frieze Fragment

Made in Latium, Italy

Column Base

Column Base

Made in Dalmatia ?, Italy

Column Statue of an Apostle

Column Statue of an Apostle

Column statues showing apostles began to appear in France and northern Italy from the mid-twelfth century onward. Too large to have come from a cloister—like the sculpture opposite from Saint-Denis—this column ... more

Center Panel of a Triptych with the Crucifixion and the Entombment

Center Panel of a Triptych with the Crucifixion and the Entombment

Originally the central panel of a triptych, this ivory has a cavity below the Entombment scene that may indicate its function as a reliquary for pieces of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Made in Amalfi

Base of an Altar Cross with Reading Angels Sitting on Dragons and Standing Church Fathers

Base of an Altar Cross with Reading Angels Sitting on Dragons and Stan...

The names of Saints Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory are inscribed on the books held by the angels. The absence of Saint Ambrose from the group (the heads are missing) indicates that the standard form of identify... more

Baptismal Font

Baptismal Font

The Luke mentioned in the inscription was the first chief abbot of the monasteries in Messina, Sicily. The Greek crosses and vine scroll decoration reflect a merging of local and Byzantine artistic vocabularies... more

Fragment of an Animal Relief

Fragment of an Animal Relief

Carving on the back reveals that this slab was from a lintel of an earlier, perhaps Roman, monument. Older sculptural fragments can also be seen in the adjacent doorway from San Gemini. Made in possibly Umbria, Italy

Ciborium

Ciborium

A ciborium (altar canopy) sheltered and added focus to the high altar of a church. Here the simple but graceful architectural forms are enhanced with colorful mosaic and gold glass inlays. The Ranucius family o... more

Holy-water Font

Holy-water Font

The holy water font depicts scenes of the life of Saint Rainerius, the patron saint of Pisa, who died in 1160. It was probably carved in the workshop of Guglielmo, which was responsible for much of the interior... more

Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido

Portal from the Church of San Leonardo al Frigido

This door marked the main entrance of a small church dedicated to Saint Leonard that is located on the Frigido River. Apparently, an Antique sarcophagus was reused for the supporting jambs on the sides of the d... more

Relief from a Pulpit with the Symbol of Saint Luke

Relief from a Pulpit with the Symbol of Saint Luke

This relief depicts an ox, the symbol of Saint Luke, holding a book with an inscription from the opening of his Gospel. A second inscription refers to the master sculptor Stephanus and his associates. Nothing m... more

Box with Equestrian Falconers

Box with Equestrian Falconers

Hunting scenes decorate a number of surviving cylindrical boxes made in Sicily. This box, depicting a falcon hunt, shows richly attired men on horseback. The sport was favored by Holy Roman emperor Frederick II... more

Panel of velvet

Panel of velvet

Imported Middle Eastern textiles were highly valued luxury goods during this period, and this velvet pattern was originally the product of the Persian workshops of Tabriz. The number of surviving pieces in Euro... more

Plate
Censer with Animal and Scroll Motifs

Censer with Animal and Scroll Motifs

Burning incense during church services symbolizes prayers rising to heaven. The architectural form of this censer is enriched by the animal forms that inhabit the surface.

Textile

Textile

Made in Sicily, Italy

Textile with Phoenix, Winged Animal and Flowers

Textile with Phoenix, Winged Animal and Flowers

Few silks better represent the imagination and vitality of Central Asian textiles of the Mongol period than this piece, with its angry birds and strange, incomplete winged beasts against an airy floral backgrou... more

Fragments of velvet

Fragments of velvet

Imported Middle Eastern textiles were highly valued luxury goods during this period, and this velvet pattern was originally the product of the Persian workshops of Tabriz. The number of surviving pieces in Euro... more

Seated Figure (Prophet or Apostle)

Seated Figure (Prophet or Apostle)

Attributed to the Master of Santa Maria la Bianca (Italian, active late 12th–early 13th century) Made in probably Lucca, Tuscany, Central Italy

Stylobate Lioness

Stylobate Lioness

Alert and looking toward each other, both lions jealously protect their prey—a lamb in one case and a calf in the other—beneath massive paws. The pair originally supported columns that would have been attached ... more

Initial P with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Initial P with the Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr

Saint Peter Martyr, a hero of the Dominican order who was murdered by heretics in 1253, was named a saint within two weeks! When the Dominicans established their liturgy three years later, the feast of Saint Pe... more

Coffret
Oliphant (Hunting Horn)

Oliphant (Hunting Horn)

Hunting horns of this type, carved from elephant ivory (hence the name oliphant), were made by Muslim craftsmen in southern Italy and Sicily for export throughout Europe.

Textile with Fleur-De-Lis Motif

Textile with Fleur-De-Lis Motif

Made in Sicily, Italy

Textile Fragment with brocade with Bird, Dragon, and Palmette Motifs

Textile Fragment with brocade with Bird, Dragon, and Palmette Motifs

The exceptional condition and quality of this silk, enriched with gold and highlights in red, are characteristic of the Sicilian royal workshops.

Textile with Brocade

Textile with Brocade

Made in Sicily, Italy

Textile

Textile

Made in Sicily, Italy

Spiral Column Shaft

Spiral Column Shaft

Made in Rome possibly, Central or Southern Italian

Textile with Brocade

Textile with Brocade

Made in Lucca, Italy

Textile with Animals

Textile with Animals

Made in Lucca, Italy

Stylobate Lion

Stylobate Lion

Alert and looking toward each other, both lions jealously protect their prey—a lamb in one case and a calf in the other—beneath massive paws. The pair originally supported columns that would have been attached ... more