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The Rejection of Joachim's Offering: C.91-1961

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Current Location: In storage


The Rejection of Joachim's Offering


Painter: Mengaroni, Ferruccio (Attributed to)
Woodcutter: Dürer, Albrecht (After)




Maiolica panel, painted in polychrome with The Rejection of Joachim's Offering.

Reddish-orange earthenware, visible on the edges, covered on both sides with pale blue tin glaze, which is extremely shiny on the front and crazed on the reverse. Painted in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white. Rectangular.
The Rejection of Joachim's Offering by the High Priest. The High Priest and his assistants stand behind a cloth-covered table surrounded by a crowd of men, one of whom holds a kid and is accompanied by a small boy. Anna stands with her hands clasped in the foreground to right, while Joachim presents his kid to the High Priest. In the background, there is a partly drawn green curtain in front of a wall with three windows and an archway opening into a vaulted chamber.


History note: Leopold Hirsch; Christie's, 8 May 1934, Catalogue of the important collection of English and French furniture, Chinese and continental porcelain, miniatures, bronzes, objects of art and tapestry, the property of Leopold Hirsch Esq. (deceased) late of 10 Kensington Palace Gardens, W. 8., lot 109; sold to Spero. Louis C.G. Clarke, Cambridge

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.1 cm
Height: 26.0 cm
Width: 17.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


20th Century
Circa 1900 CE - 1925 CE


The Rejection of Joachim's Offering was the first scene in the pictorial cycle of the legend of Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Virgin. Joachim made his offering on a feast day, but it was rejected because persons who had not fathered a child in Israel were not permitted to make sacrifices. The source for design on this panel was either the woodcut in the Life of the Virgin by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), c. 1505-6 , which appeared in book form in 1511, or the engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi after Dürer. The windows and the weeds growing out of the wall on the maiolica panel do not occur in the original, nor Marcantonio's engraving after it. Although Renaissance maiolica painters often adapted their sources this panel was suspected of being an early 20th century pastiche, and this was confirmed by thermoluminescence analysis by the Oxford Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (report dated 19 November 1993, sample 581m41) which estimated that the sample taken was last fired less than 100 years ago. Possibly it was painted by Ferruccio Mengaroni (1875-1925), a highly talented maiolica painter in Pesaro.

School or Style

Renaissance Revival

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Components of the work

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

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Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Reddish-orange earthenware, visible on the edges, covered on both sides with pale blue tin glaze, which is extremely shiny on the front and crazed on the reverse. Painted in shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.91-1961
Primary reference Number: 76350
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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