Footed Dish depicting Abraham and Isaac

Footed Dish depicting Abraham and Isaac

c. 1525-50

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Diameter: 7 x 27.3 cm (2 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Mather 1945.125


This refined, figural rendering was probably executed by Nicola da Urbino, who introduced the decorative style of using the entire surface of a form to convey a narrative scene (istoriato). Maiolica designs such as this one depicting Abraham and Isaac, often derived from contemporary print sources. After a colorful design had been fired, the dish was usually sent to Gubbio, a town famous for its luster work, where iridescent highlights would be applied.

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