May 6, 2008
May 6, 2008

Bella Donna Charger

Bella Donna Charger

c. 1520–30

Tin-glazed earthenware with yellow and blue lustre (maiolica)

Diameter: 8.6 x 41.3 cm (3 3/8 x 16 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1923.1096

Did you know?

Scholars believe that chargers such as these were given as marriage gifts or in memory of someone who had died.


Ceremonial plates decorated with a bella donna (beautiful woman) feature half-length portraits of a young woman surrounded by scrolled banners. Many bella donna plates were informed by the frescos of Renaissance painters Pietro Perugino and Pinturicchio.


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