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Maiolica figure group of the Adoration of the Magi

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An image of Maiolica figure group. The Adoration of the Magi. Giovanni di Nicola di Manzoni of Colle, probably (Tuscany, Colle Val d'Elsa). Formerly attributed doubtfully to Faenza. The Adoration of the Magi modelled in the round on an irregularly shaped base. In the middle is a wattled stall occupied by an ox and an ass. The infant Christ lies on a wavy-edged cloth in front of it, and the infant St John the Baptist kneels at His feet. Further to the left are the three Kings, one standing and two kneeling, accompanied by a dog, who is facing away from Christ. On the right, Joseph kneels behind the Virgin who sits with the infant Christ on her lap. There is a vessel by her feet and, to the right, a sheep. Behind the Virgin, a shepherd holding bagpipes is accompanied by a recumbent dog and two sheep, one resting its forelegs on the back of the other. Behind the three Kings is an attendant with two gaily harnessed horses and a dog. At the back, on the apex of the gable of the stall is a cherub holding a scroll inscribed `O O VOBI. GRADIO.M', and on the wall below is another cherub. On each side there is a kneeling shepherd and a sheep. Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on all the upper surfaces and on the edges of the base. Painted in dark blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. Height, whole, 25.5 cm, width, whole, 34.5 cm, circa 1509-1515. Renaissance.

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Maiolica figure group. The Adoration of the Magi. Giovanni di Nicola di Manzoni of Colle, probably (Tuscany, Colle Val d'Elsa). Formerly attributed doubtfully to Faenza. The Adoration of the Magi modelled in the round on an irregularly shaped base. In the middle is a wattled stall occupied by an ox and an ass. The infant Christ lies on a wavy-edged cloth in front of it, and the infant St John the Baptist kneels at His feet. Further to the left are the three Kings, one standing and two kneeling, accompanied by a dog, who is facing away from Christ. On the right, Joseph kneels behind the Virgin who sits with the infant Christ on her lap. There is a vessel by her feet and, to the right, a sheep. Behind the Virgin, a shepherd holding bagpipes is accompanied by a recumbent dog and two sheep, one resting its forelegs on the back of the other. Behind the three Kings is an attendant with two gaily harnessed horses and a dog. At the back, on the apex of the gable of the stall is a cherub holding a scroll inscribed `O O VOBI. GRADIO.M', and on the wall below is another cherub. On each side there is a kneeling shepherd and a sheep. Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on all the upper surfaces and on the edges of the base. Painted in dark blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. Height, whole, 25.5 cm, width, whole, 34.5 cm, circa 1509-1515. Renaissance.

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  • Accession Number: C.2180-1928
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 768 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 618.28kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 200
  • Fnumber: 22/1

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