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Venus after her Bath: C.240-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Venus after her Bath


Workshop: Domenego da Venezia (Probably)
Engraver: Raimondi, Marcantonio (After)
Artist: Sanzio, Raffaello (After)




Renaissance maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with Venus after her Bath.

Plate. Cream earthenware, tin-glazed cream overall; reverse tinged with green and speckled with blue. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and black.
Shape 51. Circular with sloping rim and shallow well, slightly convex in the centre.
Venus after her Bath. The nude goddess wearing a headscarf sits on a rock while she dries her right foot with a towel. In the foreground are grass and a stony path, on the left, a rock, and in the distance, hills and sky. A narrow blue band and a wider yellow band encircle the rim.


History note: Kerin, London, from whom purchased for £1.1.0 in May 1918 by H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.4 cm
Height: 2.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th century
Circa 1550 CE - 1570 CE


The figure is either a transposed version of the print by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael or after one of the transposed copies by anonymous artists.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint ( blue, green, yellow, orange, and black)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Cream earthenware, tin-glazed cream overall; reverse tinged with green and speckled with blue. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and black.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval with gold border

  • Text: 44
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.240-1991
Primary reference Number: 73453
Packing number: EURCER 674
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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