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Workshop of Guido Durantino, dish with Jupiter surprising Antiope, ca. 1540 – 50. Maiolica, 7 1/8 inches (diameter). Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Virginia Y. Trotter Decorative Arts Endowment. GMOA 2018.410.

In celebration of the Georgia Museum of Art’s acquisition of two objects from this period, “Storytelling in Renaissance Maiolica” investigates the visual links between these objects and the art of classical antiquity along with a range of decorative motifs and subjects.

Workshop of Guido Durantino, dish with Diana and her nymphs at their bath, 1541. Maiolica, 11 inches (diameter). Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Virginia Y. Trotter Decorative Arts Endowment, the William Underwood Eiland Endowment for Acquisitions made possible by M. Smith Griffith, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation, and the Georgia Museum of Art Acquisitions Endowment. GMOA 2018.411.

This focused exhibition brings together a small selection of tin-glazed earthenware produced in the duchy of Urbino, Italy, in the 16th century.

Guido Durantino and workshop, dish with Scylla falling in love with Minos, ca. 1535. Maiolica, 11 7/8 inches (diameter). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Glasgow and Mrs. E.A. Rennolds in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Kerr Branch, and Museum Purchase, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund, by exchange, 99.137. Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Colorfully decorated with ornamental motifs and narrative scenes from the Bible, classical mythology, and ancient history, these ceramic vessels demonstrate the extension of the Renaissance revival of Greek and Roman antiquity into private and public life.

Franco Xanto Avelli and Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, dish with scene from the story of Icarus, ca. 1530. Maiolica, tin glaze, lead glaze, and thrown, 10 1/2 (diameter) x 1 7/8 inches. Gardiner Museum; Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.362.
Workshop of Guido Durantino (?), dish with pastoral scene, ca. 1540. Maiolica, 17 3/4 inches (diameter). Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 1968.1.1.

“Storytelling in Renaissance Maiolica” is on view at the Georgia Museum of Art through January 5, 2020.


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