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Part of The Robert Lehman Collection
Date: ca. 1550–60Accession Number: 1975.1.1039
Nicola da Urbino (Italian, active by 1520–died ?1537/38 Urbino)
Date: ca. 1520–1525Accession Number: 1975.1.1019
workshop of Giovanni Maria Vasaro (Italian (Castel Durante), active early 16th century)
Date: 1508Accession Number: 1975.1.1015
workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli (Italian (Gubbio), active first half of 16th century)
Date: 1528Accession Number: 1975.1.1103
Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (Italian, Rovigo ca.1487–1542)
Date: 1532Accession Number: 1975.1.1131
perhaps workshop of Giunta di Tugio (Italian (Florence), active ca. 1430–1466)
Date: probably 1431Accession Number: 1975.1.1061
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This gallery houses one of the most celebrated collections of Italian Renaissance maiolica in the world. The heart of the collection dates from the first half of the sixteenth century—the golden age of maiolica—when we begin to find a broader range of colors as well as complex figural compositions that were often based on the works of contemporary painters.
While it is uncertain whether these plates, bowls, and jars were intended for use as tableware or simply to be admired, we know that maiolica services were often commissioned to celebrate special occasions, such as marriages or births. Significant examples include pieces commissioned by Isabella d'Este of Mantua and Pope Julius II, which display the coats of arms of their distinguished patrons.
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