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Maiolica cover from an accouchement set bowl, painted with the Holy Family

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An image of The Holy Family. Maiolica cover from an accouchement set bowl, painted in polychrome with the Holy Family. Tagliere. Milan Marsyas Painter, possibly, The Marches, Urbino. Xanto, Francesco, painter, possibly, The Marches, Urbino. Caraglio, Giovanni Giacomo, printmaker, after. Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola), painter, after, (Italian, 1503-1540). Circular with a flange on the underside; the upper surface flat with a convex rim. The Holy Family in an architectural setting; on the rim, bound leaves and berries between concentric yellow bands. On the back, two putti standing on clouds support a shield bearing the arms sable, a fess or, a chief party per pale gules and argent two rosettes counterchanged flanked by the letters `ELI' and `PYA'; below, a winged putto's head. Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, black, grey, and white, height, whole, 1.9 cm, diameter, whole, 19.2 cm, circa 1531. Renaissance. Production Note: If not painted by the 'Milan Marsyas Painter' this was probably painted by Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo. The Holy Family on the top of the cover was derived from the Adoration of the Shepherds, engraved by G.G. Caraglio after Parmigianino.

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The Holy Family. Maiolica cover from an accouchement set bowl, painted in polychrome with the Holy Family. Tagliere. Milan Marsyas Painter, possibly, The Marches, Urbino. Xanto, Francesco, painter, possibly, The Marches, Urbino. Caraglio, Giovanni Giacomo, printmaker, after. Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola), painter, after, (Italian, 1503-1540). Circular with a flange on the underside; the upper surface flat with a convex rim. The Holy Family in an architectural setting; on the rim, bound leaves and berries between concentric yellow bands. On the back, two putti standing on clouds support a shield bearing the arms sable, a fess or, a chief party per pale gules and argent two rosettes counterchanged flanked by the letters `ELI' and `PYA'; below, a winged putto's head. Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, orange, black, grey, and white, height, whole, 1.9 cm, diameter, whole, 19.2 cm, circa 1531. Renaissance. Production Note: If not painted by the 'Milan Marsyas Painter' this was probably painted by Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo. The Holy Family on the top of the cover was derived from the Adoration of the Shepherds, engraved by G.G. Caraglio after Parmigianino.

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  • Accession Number: MAR.C.60-1912
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Katie Young
  • Image height: 864 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 780.86kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 22/1

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16th Century adoration adoration of the child architectural architecture Baby Jesus Bible biblical blue Caraglio Christ Christ child Christianity Christmas circular cover earthenware Fitz_AA Francesco Mazzola Francesco Xanto Avelli Giovanni Giacomo Caraglio glazed halo Holy Family infant Christ Italian Jesus Joseph Late Renaissance Madonna maiolica Mannerism Mannerist Mary and Joseph Milan Marsyas Painter mother mother and child New Testament Other Keywords painted Parmigianino polychrome pottery religion religious Renaissance round saints St Elisabeth St Elizabeth (cousin of Mary) tin-glazed Virgin and Child Virgin Mary Xmas yellow

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