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Bella Donna Charger

c. 1520–30
Diameter: 8.6 x 41.3 cm (3 3/8 x 16 1/4 in.)
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Scholars believe that chargers such as these were given as marriage gifts or in memory of someone who had died.


Ceremonial plates decorated with a bella donna (beautiful woman) feature half-length portraits of a young woman surrounded by scrolled banners. Many bella donna plates were informed by the frescos of Renaissance painters Pietro Perugino and Pinturicchio.
Bella Donna Charger

Bella Donna Charger

c. 1520–30

Italy, Papal States, Deruta



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