May 6, 2008
May 6, 2008

Charger Depicting a Boar Hunt

Charger Depicting a Boar Hunt

c. 1575

maker

circle of Fontana Family

(Italian)

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

Diameter: 8.6 x 45.7 cm (3 3/8 x 18 in.)

Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.623

Did you know?

In the centuries leading up to the Renaissance, boar hunting was an activity reserved for royalty and the aristocracy.

Description

During the Renaissance, an understanding of classical antiquity was perceived to be a sign of social, intellectual, and economic distinction. Scenes from Greco-Roman mythology were prominently featured on maiolica, covering the surface in a style called istoriato (decorated with stories).

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