'The Fall of Phaeton'
After Galeazzo Mondella, called Moderno (1467-1528)
Museum no. A.434-1910
This plaquette is based on a Renaissance cameo though it appears in a number of variants. It shows Phaeton, son of Helios, the sun god. Phaeton's attempt to drive his father's chariot ended in disaster when he set fire to the earth and tumbled into the River Po.