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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Date: ca. 1575–87Accession Number: 17.190.2045
Desgined by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola (Italian, Vignola 1507–1573 Rome)
Date: ca. 1569Accession Number: 58.57a–d
Painted by Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–ca. 1582)
Date: 1532Accession Number: 32.100.378
After a model by Giambologna (Netherlandish, Douai 1529–1608 Florence)
Date: modeled 1585–87, cast ca. 1611Accession Number: 1983.450
possibly commissioned by the Colonna
Date: ca. 1571–90Accession Number: 2000.69
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The Italian Cinquecento saw the rise of the High Renaissance and successive stages of Mannerism. These phases are exemplified in the sculptures, tapestries, and pieces of glazed earthenware ceramics, known as maiolica, that occupy this gallery.
In the middle, the enormous inlaid marble table was made in Rome for the art-loving Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, probably based on designs of the architect Jacopo Vignola. Also on view here is the crisply carved wall fountain from Palazzo Fossombroni in Arezzo, by Simone Mosca, an associate of Michelangelo. Ceramic rarities include pieces of so-called Medici porcelain. The first to capture the much-admired blue-and-white glazes of the East, they are shown across from the bronze bust of Grand Duke Francesco I de' Medici, founder of the porcelain manufactory, modeled by Giambologna and cast by Pietro Tacca.
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