C9: Maiolica dish: King Shishak plundering the Temple of Jerusalem
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|Title||Maiolica dish: King Shishak plundering the Temple of Jerusalem|
|Object type||In category: Ceramics » Dish|
Studio of Francesco Durantino - Pottery painter(s)
|Place of origin||Europe » Southern Europe » Italy » Central Italy » Marche » Urbino|
24.8 cm diameter
|Materials & techniques||
|Description||Circular istoriato maiolica dish with foot on reverse and thin rim. Showing King Shishak plundering the Temple of Jerusalem. Green, yellow, blue, black, brown, white oxides.|
|Marks and inscriptions||
The back of the dish is inscribed: I re è digitto spoglia il lepio santo [The king of Egypt plunders the Holy Temple]. This referrs to the Old Testament story of Shishak’s plundering of the Holy temple of Jerusalem.
The composition is derived from a woodcut by Hans Sebald-Beham in in the Biblisch Historien, a German picture book featuring engraved Biblical stories, printed in Frankfurt in several editions between 1533 to 1557. These books were commonly used by maiolica painters, particularly in the famed workshop of Guido Durantino in Urbino.
This is one of three known dishes painted with the same subject after Selbald-Beham’s woodcut. This dish is adheres most faithfully to the original woodcut. Nevertheless, the artist showed some inventive ability in his rendering of the print. The maiolica painter has added further figures including a grey-haired man dressed in purple on the far right. This may be King Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon and leader of the threatened Southern Kingdom of Judah.
Rudolf E A Drey, 'An Unpublished Istoriato Maiolica Dish Derived From a Woodcut by Hans Sebald Beham', The Burlington Magazine vol. 132, no. 1046 (May, 1990) pp.344-346
Luke Syson and Dora Thornton, Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy, (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum: 2001. Illustrated, p.288.)
|Muse theme||The Art of Collecting
The History of the Holburne Collection » The Collection » Ceramics
with the object
Europe » Northern Europe » Germany » Germany
Europe » Southern Europe » Italy » Central Italy » Marche » Urbino
|Provenance||Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874); by whom bequeathed to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882), by whom bequeathed to the Museum|