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Horatius Cocles holding the Bridge against the Etruscans: C.55-1927

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Current Location: In storage

Titles

Horatius Cocles holding the Bridge against the Etruscans

Maker(s)

Avelli, Francesco Xanto (Painter)
After Dente, Marco (Marco da Ravenna) (Printmaker)
After Raimondi, Marcantonio (Printmaker)

Description

Maiolica dish, painted in polychrome with Horatius Cocles holding the Bridge against the Etruscans.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse is pale beige and has crawled near the lower edge. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.
Shape 64, with three faint concentric grooves under the edge. Circular with a narrow rim and wide flat centre; the base uneven.
Horatius Cocles holding the Bridge against the Etruscans. On the right, three men are breaking down the bridge with picks. In the middle, Horatius, mounted on a rearing charger, brandishes his sword at a group of ten attackers. Below the bridge, there is another mounted Roman, whose horse's rump has been pierced by an arrow fired by a bowman on the left. Both he and Horatius bear shields charged with the arms per fess argent and azure the base of a column proper. In the foreground there are rocks, a broken-down fence and the river Tiber; in the background to left, the tents of the Etruscan camp, and to right, Rome and distant mountains. The rim is yellow. The back is inscribed in the middle, in dark blue: '.M.D.XXXVIII./Vedi su'l pontei trepido, e, feroce/Oratio sol cotra Thoscana tutta/Che ne ferro, e, ne fuoco a vertu nuoce./.Xato.' (Behold on the bridge the intrepid, and, fierce Horatius alone against all the Etruscans Who neither with iron nor fire harm his valour. .Xanto.) A narrow black band and a wider yellow band encircle the edge.

Notes

History note: Purchased in 1920 by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 46 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, F. Leverton, The Right Hon.

Dating

16th century
Renaissance
Production date: AD 1538 : dated

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse is pale beige and has crawled near the lower edge. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, stone, brown, manganese-purple, black, grey, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular museum label

  • Text: M 76
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: 244/az
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.55-1927
Primary reference Number: 75499
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 31 March 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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