Footed Dish Depicting Abraham and Isaac

c. 1545–63
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The shape of this dish imitates the fluted, curving shape of sixteenth-century metalwork.


During the Renaissance, scenes from the Christian Bible were prominently featured on maiolica, covering the surface in a style called istoriato (decorated with stories). This plate depicts a scene an Old Testament narrative in which Abraham believes that God wants him to sacrifice his son Isaac. Before he can carry out the deed, God sends a ram to sacrifice instead.
Footed Dish Depicting Abraham and Isaac

Footed Dish Depicting Abraham and Isaac

c. 1545–63

Ludovico and Angelo Picchi

Italy, Urbino region, Castel-Durante, 16th century

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