May 21, 2008
May 21, 2008

Footed Dish Depicting Abraham and Isaac

Footed Dish Depicting Abraham and Isaac

c. 1545–63

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

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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.

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