Vitellius Caesar

Vitellius Caesar

Purchased from Lorenzo Giuntini together with museum no. 1905-1 in 1905 for £15

Original:

Roundel with the head of Vitellius Caesar within a border of military trophies
Giovanni da Maino (1486/7-about 1542/3)
1521
Terracotta, formerly coloured and gilded
In the Clock Court, Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court, England

This is one of a series of roundels containing portraits of emperors made for Cardinal Wolsey (about 1470/1-1530) which have been connected with a demand for arrears of payment, dated 18 June, 1521, addressed by Giovanni da Maiano to the Cardinal for 'octo rotundas imagines exterra depictas et deauratas pro pretio libarum duarum solidorum vj.et denarium octo quamlibet earum....' (for eight round images of terracotta painted and gilded at £2 6s 8d each) executed for 'Anon Cort' (Hampton Court).