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Italian - "Albarello" with a Shepherdess Lifting Her Skirt - Walters 482234

Italian - "Albarello" with a Shepherdess Lifting Her Skirt - Walters 4...

An "albarello" is a cylindrical jar that takes its shape from imported Islamic pottery. It belongs to a larger group of wares with predominantly erotic motifs that have initial "B" or "B°" on the back. The init... More

Italian - "Antique" Cameo with the Bust of Julius Caesar - Walters 42238

Italian - "Antique" Cameo with the Bust of Julius Caesar - Walters 422...

Julius Caesar (101-44 BC) was honored as an icon of Roman military might and rule. This cameo could have been made as an individual object or as one of the Twelve Caesars. The artist took advantage of the laye... More

Italian - "Borghese Warrior" - Walters 54675

Italian - "Borghese Warrior" - Walters 54675

This statuette is a reduced copy of the so-called "Borghese Warrior."

Italian - "Cassone" - Walters 6534

Italian - "Cassone" - Walters 6534

A "cassone" (large chest) was a common piece of furniture during the Renaissance, particularly in Tuscany. The front is ornamented with fantastic floral and grotesque motifs.

Italian - "Cassone" - Walters 6535

Italian - "Cassone" - Walters 6535

Anonymous (Italian). '"Cassone",' 16th century. walnut. Walters Art Museum (65.35): Gift of Mr. Robert Lehman through French and Company, 1943.

Italian - "Papal" Ring - Walters 54434 - Profile

Italian - "Papal" Ring - Walters 54434 - Profile

Rings of this type mostly date from the 15th and 16th centuries and are decorated with papal arms, mitres, crossed keys, and other ecclesiastical symbols. Their name is somewhat misleading, as it is unlikely th... More

Italian - "Tazza" with St John the Baptist and a Bacchanalia - Walters 57682

Italian - "Tazza" with St John the Baptist and a Bacchanalia - Walters...

The "tazza" bowl is decorated in high relief in the Italian late 16th-century style with bacchanalia scenes (showing a procession of followers of Bacchus, the Roman wine god). Scholars remain divided as to whet... More

Italian - "Torchère" with Acanthus Leaves and Clawed Feet - Walters 6543
Italian - A Franciscan Monk Preaching - Walters 37507

Italian - A Franciscan Monk Preaching - Walters 37507

Anonymous (Italian). 'Franciscan Monk Preaching,' 1500-1525. oil on panel. Walters Art Museum (37.507): Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection in 1902.

Italian - A Meeting Scene - Walters 44262

Italian - A Meeting Scene - Walters 44262

A king, whose crown lies on the grass, welcomes a young man who kneels at his feet, his hands joined in an imploring gesture. Behind him, a helmeted guard holds a lance. The meeting takes place before an arch o... More

Italian - Achilles Among the Daughters of Lycomedes - Walters 37573

Italian - Achilles Among the Daughters of Lycomedes - Walters 37573

Anonymous (Italian). 'Achilles Among the Daughters of Lycomedes,' 18th century. oil on canvas. Walters Art Museum (37.573): Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.

Italian - Anatomical Figure of a Man - Walters 5430

Italian - Anatomical Figure of a Man - Walters 5430

By the 1600s, artists who specialized in figural compositions were increasingly aware of the need to understand the structure of muscles in order to portray movement effectively. Some artists, most famously Le... More

Italian - Anatomical Figure of a Man - Walters 5476

Italian - Anatomical Figure of a Man - Walters 5476

Anonymous (Italian) ?. 'Anatomical Figure of a Man,' ca. 1550-1600. bronze. Walters Art Museum (54.76): Acquired by Henry Walters.

Italian - Apollino - Walters 541691 - View A

Italian - Apollino - Walters 541691 - View A

The original ancient marble statue, depicting the Greco-Roman sun god, is called the Apollino (little Apollo) or Medici Apollo, and is now in the Uffizi Museum in Florence. Probably an adaptation of a work by t... More

Italian - Archangel Gabriel from an Annunciation - Walters 27205

Italian - Archangel Gabriel from an Annunciation - Walters 27205

Anonymous (Italian). 'Archangel Gabriel from an Annunciation,' 14th century. Sandstone. Walters Art Museum (27.205): Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.

Italian - Archer's Sallet - Walters 51466 - Three Quarter

Italian - Archer's Sallet - Walters 51466 - Three Quarter

A sallet is a light, semi-open helmet popular in the 15th century. Its rounded skullpiece was sometimes fitted with a visor, although this is not true of those used by archers, who weren't normally involved in... More

Italian - Armor for the Duke of Medina Sidonia - Walters 51585 - Detail

Italian - Armor for the Duke of Medina Sidonia - Walters 51585 - Detai...

This armor is engraved all over with a design based on an M, signifying the duchy of Medina Sidonia. It was made for Don Alonso Perez de Guzman el Bueno, duke of Medina Sidonia (1550-1615). Extremely rich, he w... More

Italian - Armor for the Duke of Medina Sidonia - Walters 51585

Italian - Armor for the Duke of Medina Sidonia - Walters 51585

This armor is engraved all over with a design based on an M, signifying the duchy of Medina Sidonia. It was made for Don Alonso Perez de Guzman el Bueno, duke of Medina Sidonia (1550-1615). Extremely rich, he w... More

Italian - Battle Scene - Walters 37499

Italian - Battle Scene - Walters 37499

After Piero della Francesca (Italian, ca. 1415-1492). 'Battle Scene,' 16th century. oil on panel. Walters Art Museum (37.499): Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.

Italian - Boar Hunt in Spring - Walters 4321 - Top

Italian - Boar Hunt in Spring - Walters 4321 - Top

Micromosaics crafted from miniature glass tesserae (mosaic tiles) decorated paperweights, boxes, and brooches, which were popular as tourist art and "souvenir jewelry." The Vatican workshops were largely respon... More

Italian - Boar Hunt in Spring - Walters 4321

Italian - Boar Hunt in Spring - Walters 4321

Micromosaics crafted from miniature glass tesserae (mosaic tiles) decorated paperweights, boxes, and brooches, which were popular as tourist art and "souvenir jewelry." The Vatican workshops were largely respon... More

Italian - Body of a Goblet Vase - Walters 44180

Italian - Body of a Goblet Vase - Walters 44180

The bowl-shaped body is embossed with fourteen gadroons, alternating white and green on blue ground. The blue rim made to receive the cover is concave. The surface is ornamented with gilt scrolls, leaves and fl... More

Italian - Border of Brocatelle with Adoration of the Christ Child - Walters 83649

Italian - Border of Brocatelle with Adoration of the Christ Child - Wa...

This type of textile is known as a Florentine repeat border fabric: woven in long strips, then cut and sewn on vestments. There is a similar piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203 - Detail A

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203 - Detail A

The upper part of the bowl is embossed in relief with eighteen flutes, decorated with floral scrolls in gilding on a white ground. The rim and the intervals between the flutes are blue, with floral ornaments in... More

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203 - Detail B

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203 - Detail B

The upper part of the bowl is embossed in relief with eighteen flutes, decorated with floral scrolls in gilding on a white ground. The rim and the intervals between the flutes are blue, with floral ornaments in... More

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203 - Detail C

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203 - Detail C

The upper part of the bowl is embossed in relief with eighteen flutes, decorated with floral scrolls in gilding on a white ground. The rim and the intervals between the flutes are blue, with floral ornaments in... More

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203

Italian - Bowl - Walters 44203

The upper part of the bowl is embossed in relief with eighteen flutes, decorated with floral scrolls in gilding on a white ground. The rim and the intervals between the flutes are blue, with floral ornaments in... More

Italian - Box with Lion, Dog, and Duck Mosaic - Walters 4332

Italian - Box with Lion, Dog, and Duck Mosaic - Walters 4332

Mounted on a round box, the obverse with a lion, and the reverse with a dog and duck.

Italian - Bracelet - Walters 41269

Italian - Bracelet - Walters 41269

Cameos in raised relief of the Olympic gods. The seven gods depicted are the gods of the planets in correct order to their relationship to the seven days of the week. From left to right they are: Diana the moon... More

Italian - Brooch with a Landscape Scene - Walters 4346

Italian - Brooch with a Landscape Scene - Walters 4346

Micromosaics crafted from miniature glass tesserae (mosaic tiles) decorated paperweights, boxes, and brooches, which were popular as tourist art and "souvenir jewelry." The Vatican workshops were largely respon... More

Italian - Brooch with Cameo of Spring - Walters 57854

Italian - Brooch with Cameo of Spring - Walters 57854

This personification of spring is based on a lost marble relief carved by William H. Rinehart in about 1855.

Italian - Brooch with the Head of a Bacchante - Walters 41257

Italian - Brooch with the Head of a Bacchante - Walters 41257

Anonymous (Italian). 'Brooch with the Head of a Bacchante,' 1840-1870. lava cameo with gold frame. Walters Art Museum (41.257): Gift of Mrs. Sara D. Redmond, 1979.

Italian - Bust of a Man Form the Antique Marble Known as Head of Diomedes - Walters 27403

Italian - Bust of a Man Form the Antique Marble Known as Head of Diome...

This cast bronze is after a marble head in the British Museum, a Roman copy of Pergamene Gaul, found in Italy in 1771 and formerly in the Towneley Collection.

Italian - Bust of a Saint - Walters 54735 - Back

Italian - Bust of a Saint - Walters 54735 - Back

Reliquary busts contained body parts of the saints represented. In this bust, the relics were originally placed in compartments underneath the "jewel" (glass over foil) decorating the clasps that fastens the sa... More

Italian - Bust of a Saint - Walters 54735 - Three Quarter View A

Italian - Bust of a Saint - Walters 54735 - Three Quarter View A

Reliquary busts contained body parts of the saints represented. In this bust, the relics were originally placed in compartments underneath the "jewel" (glass over foil) decorating the clasps that fastens the sa... More

Italian - Bust of a Saint - Walters 54735

Italian - Bust of a Saint - Walters 54735

Reliquary busts contained body parts of the saints represented. In this bust, the relics were originally placed in compartments underneath the "jewel" (glass over foil) decorating the clasps that fastens the sa... More

Italian - Cameo Portrait of a Wreathed Lady - Walters 421222

Italian - Cameo Portrait of a Wreathed Lady - Walters 421222

Carved in relief, with a later gold mount.

Italian - Cameo Portrait of the Roman Emperor Tiberius - Walters 421162 - Group
Italian - Cameo with a Bearded Satyr - Walters 421403 - Side B

Italian - Cameo with a Bearded Satyr - Walters 421403 - Side B

Anonymous (Italian). 'Cameo with a Bearded Satyr,' ca. 1550. amethyst, repouss� and moulded gold. Walters Art Museum (42.1403): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Gutman, 1943.

Italian - Cameo with a Bearded Satyr - Walters 421403

Italian - Cameo with a Bearded Satyr - Walters 421403

Anonymous (Italian). 'Cameo with a Bearded Satyr,' ca. 1550. amethyst, repouss� and moulded gold. Walters Art Museum (42.1403): Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Gutman, 1943.

Italian - Cameo with Bust of a Hohenstaufen Emperor - Walters 421428

Italian - Cameo with Bust of a Hohenstaufen Emperor - Walters 421428

Engraved gems were one of the tools through which Frederick promoted his artistic agenda and he appears as the subject of this cameo crafted at his court. The motif of the bust of an emperor in military dress, ... More

Italian - Cameo with Hercules and Omphale - Walters 421057 - View A
Italian - Candlestick with Decorative Motifs - Walters 4434

Italian - Candlestick with Decorative Motifs - Walters 4434

At the base of the pricket is a gadrooned grease-pan. It is enameled inside in white, outside in white-and-blue and green-on-white with gilt ornament. It rests on a blue globe with green stars, which is support... More

Italian - Capital with Four Masks and Acanthus Leaves - Walters 27204

Italian - Capital with Four Masks and Acanthus Leaves - Walters 27204

Carved column with ram's head, foliage and masks.

Italian - Cardinal Mazarin Riding To Villafranca with the Treaty of Peace - Walters 371161

Italian - Cardinal Mazarin Riding To Villafranca with the Treaty of Pe...

Anonymous (Italian). 'Cardinal Mazarin Riding To Villafranca with the Treaty of Peace,' 18th century. oil on copper. Walters Art Museum (37.1161): Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902.

Italian - Cassone with the Coat of Arms of the Spreta Family - Walters 6550

Italian - Cassone with the Coat of Arms of the Spreta Family - Walters...

This "cassone" (large chest) is elaborately decorated with mythological figures, including reclining river gods holding bountiful cornucopias (horns of plenty) on the front panel. The large carved coat of arms ... More

Italian - Chair - Walters 6513 - Three Quarter

Italian - Chair - Walters 6513 - Three Quarter

The carved decoration known as "linen fold" is typical for the period and indeed looks like folded light-weight cloth. The knobs at the sides can be turned to release the back panel so that it can swing down to... More

Italian - Chair - Walters 6513

Italian - Chair - Walters 6513

The carved decoration known as "linen fold" is typical for the period and indeed looks like folded light-weight cloth. The knobs at the sides can be turned to release the back panel so that it can swing down to... More

Italian - Chalice - Walters 44225

Italian - Chalice - Walters 44225

The coat of arms on the base on this chalice has not been identified. By marking such objects with their family symbol and donating them to churches, patrons hoped to be remembered in the prayers of the priests... More

Italian - Chalice - Walters 44463

Italian - Chalice - Walters 44463

Enamels with bust-length figures of sainted bishops appear on the cup. Depictions of Christ as the Man of Sorrows (Christ with the wounds of his Passion), the Virgin, and John the Evangelist are on the base. Th... More

Italian - Chamfron - Walters 511368

Italian - Chamfron - Walters 511368

Horses also needed protection from the enemy's weapons. By the mid-1400s, armorers had devised a near-complete set of armor to protect the steed in battle. Together these formed a bard. The head was covered by ... More

Italian - Christ in the Tomb - Walters 44125

Italian - Christ in the Tomb - Walters 44125

This copper gilt pax is set with a rectangular plaque of copper enameled with a representation of the Pieta. In the scene, the dead body of Christ is supported in half-upright position in the tomb by the Virgin... More

Italian - Coffer - Walters 71310

Italian - Coffer - Walters 71310

This ivory object, along with Walters 71.308 and Walters 71.314 were created by Muslim craftsmen, probably working in Palermo, Sicily, for the Christian court of the Norman rulers (11th-13th century) and were i... More

Italian - Coin Box - Walters 7310

Italian - Coin Box - Walters 7310

This coin box once belonged to Duke Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-74) and his wife, Eleonora da Toledo (1522-62). The coat of arms of the ducal couple can be seen on the lid of the box. Perhaps this luxurious objec... More

Italian - Colossal Head in the Guise of Hercules - Walters 27533 - Three Quarter

Italian - Colossal Head in the Guise of Hercules - Walters 27533 - Thr...

This large marble head, possibly from an over-life-sized sculpture of Hercules, was excavated near the Florence baptistery and adapted and partly recarved to fit a medieval sculpture. Differences in the drill m... More

Italian - Column with a Lion at the Base - Walters 27381

Italian - Column with a Lion at the Base - Walters 27381

These decorative columns probably came from a ciborium or pulpit. The capital is a stylized version of an antique capital, many of which were re-used in a somewhat earlier period. The inlaid glass and stone fra... More

Italian - Comb with Lady Love and a Hunting Scene - Walters 7178 - Back

Italian - Comb with Lady Love and a Hunting Scene - Walters 7178 - Bac...

The comb is carved on either side in two sunken panels between the teeth; about three-quarters of each scene is preserved. On one side Lady Love sits enthroned, presenting mantled helms to kneeling knights. The... More

Italian - Comb with Lady Love and a Hunting Scene - Walters 7178

Italian - Comb with Lady Love and a Hunting Scene - Walters 7178

The comb is carved on either side in two sunken panels between the teeth; about three-quarters of each scene is preserved. On one side Lady Love sits enthroned, presenting mantled helms to kneeling knights. The... More

Italian - Cover for an Incense Burner - Walters 5447

Italian - Cover for an Incense Burner - Walters 5447

This cover and its pair Walters 54.48, each with three nude young women--possibly the Three Graces--leaning against an urn, were for incense burners. The perfumed smoke was released through holes piercing the a... More

Italian - Cover for an Incense Burner - Walters 5448

Italian - Cover for an Incense Burner - Walters 5448

This cover and its pair Walters 54.47, each with three nude young women--possibly the Three Graces--leaning against an urn, were for incense burners. The perfumed smoke was released through holes piercing the a... More

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - View A

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - ...

This crosier, possibly made in Sicily in the thirteenth century, is made of ivory with a depiction of an eagle set inside the crook. The curve of the crook is marked with small leaves or tendrils, reminiscent o... More

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - View B

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - ...

This crosier, possibly made in Sicily in the thirteenth century, is made of ivory with a depiction of an eagle set inside the crook. The curve of the crook is marked with small leaves or tendrils, reminiscent o... More

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - View C

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - ...

This crosier, possibly made in Sicily in the thirteenth century, is made of ivory with a depiction of an eagle set inside the crook. The curve of the crook is marked with small leaves or tendrils, reminiscent o... More

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - View D

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - ...

This crosier, possibly made in Sicily in the thirteenth century, is made of ivory with a depiction of an eagle set inside the crook. The curve of the crook is marked with small leaves or tendrils, reminiscent o... More

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - View E

Italian - Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John - Walters 71300 - ...

This crosier, possibly made in Sicily in the thirteenth century, is made of ivory with a depiction of an eagle set inside the crook. The curve of the crook is marked with small leaves or tendrils, reminiscent o... More

Italian - Crucifix - Walters 71421

Italian - Crucifix - Walters 71421

The body of Christ is mounted by three nails to a modern Cross. His head is turned to the right and tilted backward. Christ is shown at the moment of death; his mouth is gaping, and his eyes are directly upward... More

Italian - Crucifix with Mourning Virgin and St John the Evangelist - Walters 37710

Italian - Crucifix with Mourning Virgin and St John the Evangelist - W...

This massive crucifix probably hung above the main altar of a church at the juncture between the nave and the sanctuary; the work presents a haunting figure of Christ. Christ's head falls forward while the sway... More

Italian - Cruet with Figure of a Woman on Handle - Walters 4195

Italian - Cruet with Figure of a Woman on Handle - Walters 4195

This artfully crafted cruet, along with its mate, Walters 41.95, have a sun and a moon on the lids, human heads growing out of the fancifully shaped handles, and only very discrete engraving on the body of the... More

Italian - Cruet with Figure on Handle - Walters 4194

Italian - Cruet with Figure on Handle - Walters 4194

This artfully crafted cruet, along with its mate, Walters 41.95, have a sun and a moon on the lids, human heads growing out of the fancifully shaped handles, and only very discrete engraving on the body of the... More

Italian - Curiosity Figure (Seed Man) - Walters 7526

Italian - Curiosity Figure (Seed Man) - Walters 7526

This is a rare example of a kind of bizarre composite figure that achieved popularity around 1600, especially in Milan. The most famous exponent was Guiseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593), whose painted portraits comb... More

Italian - Cylindrical Box (Pyxis) - Walters 71311

Italian - Cylindrical Box (Pyxis) - Walters 71311

This ivory box is decorated with roundels and drinking figures and bears an inscription in Naskh.

Italian - Cylindrical Box or Pyxis - Walters 71308

Italian - Cylindrical Box or Pyxis - Walters 71308

This ivory object, along with Walters 71.310 and Walters 71.314 were created by Muslim craftsmen, probably working in Palermo, Sicily, for the Christian court of the Norman rulers (11th-13th century) and were i... More

Italian - Dagger for the Left Hand - Walters 51517

Italian - Dagger for the Left Hand - Walters 51517

This dagger has a short, pointed, double-edged blade. It was attached to the sword belt and worn on the right hip with the sword on the left. Following the new tactics in swordsmanship of the late 1500s, the da... More

Italian - Devotional Plaque with Christ as the Man of Sorrows - Walters 54225

Italian - Devotional Plaque with Christ as the Man of Sorrows - Walter...

The Man of Sorrows- the image of the dead Christ miraculously standing- is meant to call to mind various moments in the Passion cycle. Here it provides an emotional focus for private devotion. The ornamental f... More

Italian - Devotional Plaque with Saint Jerome in the Wilderness - Walters 4612 - Back

Italian - Devotional Plaque with Saint Jerome in the Wilderness - Walt...

St. Jerome, the translator of the Bible into Latin, was often depicted as a hermit in his wilderness retreat, engaged in meditations on the cross. This exquisitely subtle example of reverse painting wonderfull... More

Italian - Devotional Plaque with the Madonna of the Fish - Walters 541708

Italian - Devotional Plaque with the Madonna of the Fish - Walters 541...

This composition reproduces a famous painting of the Virgin and Child by Raphael (1483-1520) known as the Madonna of the Fish (now in the Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain), which was widely known from engravings mad... More

Italian - Diptych with Virgin and Angels and Crucifixion - Walters 71185 - Back

Italian - Diptych with Virgin and Angels and Crucifixion - Walters 711...

This roughly carved diptych presents its subjects beneath large single trefoil arches with crockets and heavy pinnacles. The Virgin and Child of the left leaf are flanked by candle-bearing angels. The crucified... More

Italian - Diptych with Virgin and Angels and Crucifixion - Walters 71185

Italian - Diptych with Virgin and Angels and Crucifixion - Walters 711...

This roughly carved diptych presents its subjects beneath large single trefoil arches with crockets and heavy pinnacles. The Virgin and Child of the left leaf are flanked by candle-bearing angels. The crucified... More

Italian - Dish on a Low Foot with an Ornamental Design - Walters 481354

Italian - Dish on a Low Foot with an Ornamental Design - Walters 48135...

This dish on a low foot is painted in grey-green monochrome heightened with white on a dark blue ground ornamented with ribbon-scrolls in reserve. It has a yellow rim. In the center, a winged cherub-head is sur... More

Italian - Dish on Foot with the Sacrifice of Noah - Walters 481341

Italian - Dish on Foot with the Sacrifice of Noah - Walters 481341

This dish depicts "The Sacrifice of Noah," after Raphael, probably from a drawing engraved by Marco Dente da Ravenna. It is painted in blue, copper-green, yellow, ochre, brown, blue-black and opaque white. The ... More

Italian - Dish with a Classical Bust - Walters 481508

Italian - Dish with a Classical Bust - Walters 481508

This dish is painted in blue, ochre, yellow, and copper-green. The marli, in ochre, is decorated with paired cornucopias alternating with a footed cup. The motifs are joined together by foliated bands terminati... More

Italian - Dish with a Roman Emperor in Profile - Walters 481321

Italian - Dish with a Roman Emperor in Profile - Walters 481321

This dish is painted in gold lustre and in blue with a scale-pattern around the rim. In the center is the left profile bust of an unidentified Roman Emperor wearing a laurel wreath and facing a scroll inscribed... More

Italian - Dish with Apollo and Daphne - Walters 481495
Italian - Dish with Castor and Pollux Rescuing Helen - Walters 481328

Italian - Dish with Castor and Pollux Rescuing Helen - Walters 481328

The inscription on the back of the plate identifies the subject: "il rapimento/ delena," or the Rape (abduction) of Helen. When a young girl, Helen was said to have been kidnapped by Theseus as a potential brid... More

Italian - Dish with Coat of Arms of Bishop Baglioni - Walters 481336

Italian - Dish with Coat of Arms of Bishop Baglioni - Walters 481336

The arms painted in gold-colored luster and cobalt blue and held by the griffin in the center are those of Ercole Baglioni, the bishop of Orvieto. This dish is presumably from a maiolica service commissioned fo... More

Italian - Dish with Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing - Walters 481316

Italian - Dish with Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing - Walters 481316

The moon-goddess Diana was accompanied by a group of chaste nymphs. Seated under an elaborate fountain, the goddess, attended to by two of her followers, can be recognized by the crescent moon on her head. The ... More

Italian - Dish with Diana and Nymphs Bathing - Walters 481340

Italian - Dish with Diana and Nymphs Bathing - Walters 481340

In an episode from Ovid's "The Metamorphoses," the hunter Actaeon, lost in the woods, stumbles upon a clearing where he sees the chaste goddess of the hunt Diana bathing with her nymphs. Mortals were not permit... More

Italian - Dish with Female Bust and Inscription - Walters 481351

Italian - Dish with Female Bust and Inscription - Walters 481351

The inscription translates "I entrust myself to you." The sharp profile, derived from Roman coins, was a favored format for portraiture during the 15th century.

Italian - Dish with Foliage Design - Walters 481367

Italian - Dish with Foliage Design - Walters 481367

Anonymous (Italian). 'Dish with Foliage Design,' ca. 1525-1530. earthenware with tin glaze (maiolica) and luster decoration. Walters Art Museum (48.1367): Acquired by Henry Walters.

Italian - Dish with King Candaules Exhibiting His Wife Nyssia to Gyges - Walters 482031

Italian - Dish with King Candaules Exhibiting His Wife Nyssia to Gyges...

The subject is taken from the ancient historian Herodotus, who describes how King Candaules of Lydia caused his own downfall by letting Gyges see his wife, Queen Nyssia, naked. Although she did not let Candaule... More

Italian - Dish with Mary Magdalene - Walters 481319

Italian - Dish with Mary Magdalene - Walters 481319

Depicting Mary Magdalene, identified by the ointment jar she cared to the tomb to anoint Christ's dead body, was a way of introducing the image of a beautiful, sexually attractive woman while still being able t... More

Italian - Dish with Roman Profile Head - Walters 481317

Italian - Dish with Roman Profile Head - Walters 481317

A popular decorative technique in Faenza was called "berettino;" these wares have a light or dark blue tin-glaze base coat with white and other color decoration. This "berettino" dish, painted with a wide decor... More

Italian - Dish with Symbols of Christ's Passion - Walters 4174

Italian - Dish with Symbols of Christ's Passion - Walters 4174

The oval disk depicts angels holding the symbols of Christ's Passion, including the column to which he was tied, whips, nails, hammer, and the Crown of Thorns. The plate was most likely used to support an alta... More

Italian - Dish with the "Beautiful Camilla" - Walters 481358

Italian - Dish with the "Beautiful Camilla" - Walters 481358

Represented in three-quarter profile, the idealized portrait of a young woman with fine features and narrow lips has been painted according to Renaissance ideals of female beauty. The scroll surrounding her rea... More

Italian - Dish with the Adoration of the Shepherds - Walters 481487

Italian - Dish with the Adoration of the Shepherds - Walters 481487

This scene is taken directly from an engraving after a composition by one of the great Italian masters of design, Francesco Mazzola, known as Parmigianino (1503-40). His compositions were admired for their vari... More

Italian - Door Panel with an Interlace Design - Walters 541057 - Back

Italian - Door Panel with an Interlace Design - Walters 541057 - Back

This is one of seventy-two plaques from the large bronze door of the monastic church of San Clemente a Casáuria, in southern Italy. They were commissioned by Joel, abbot from 1182 to 1191. This panel bears an i... More

Italian - Door Panel with an Interlace Design - Walters 541057

Italian - Door Panel with an Interlace Design - Walters 541057

This is one of seventy-two plaques from the large bronze door of the monastic church of San Clemente a Casáuria, in southern Italy. They were commissioned by Joel, abbot from 1182 to 1191. This panel bears an i... More

Italian - Door Panel with Castle - Walters 541058 - Back

Italian - Door Panel with Castle - Walters 541058 - Back

When Abbot Joel (r. 1182-1191) commissioned the door for the main entrance to the church of San Clemente at Casauria in Abruzzi, he may have chosen bronze because of the medium's association with the legal trad... More

Italian - Door Panel with Castle - Walters 541058

Italian - Door Panel with Castle - Walters 541058

When Abbot Joel (r. 1182-1191) commissioned the door for the main entrance to the church of San Clemente at Casauria in Abruzzi, he may have chosen bronze because of the medium's association with the legal trad... More

Italian - Doorknocker with Neptune - Walters 543

Italian - Doorknocker with Neptune - Walters 543

In Venice, with its great port, the Roman god Neptune, ruler of the oceans, was a popular motif for the decoration of everyday objects as well as elegant statuettes. The symmetrical, undulating forms of this kn... More

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