May 6, 2008
May 6, 2008

Charger Depicting a Chariot Race

Charger Depicting a Chariot Race

c. 1575


circle of Fontana Family


Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Diameter: 8.6 x 45.7 cm (3 3/8 x 18 in.)

Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.622

Did you know?

The creatures along the rim of this plate are loosely based on the figures discovered on the walls of Roman ruins a century before.


During the Renaissance, an understanding of classical antiquity was perceived to be a sign of social, intellectual, and economic distinction. Scenes from Greco-Roman mythology were prominently featured on maiolica, covering the surface in a style called istoriato (decorated with stories).

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