Dish with maiolica painter, Italy

Dish with maiolica painter, Italy

Dish with maiolica painter
Probably painted by Maestro Jacopo
Italy, Cafaggiolo
About 1510
Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in colours
Museum no. 1717-1855

Maiolica is the name given to tin-glazed wares made in Italy. Potters exploited the white surface of maiolica as a blank canvas on which to apply the new ornamental and figurative designs of the Italian Renaissance.

This dish was made in a workshop established by the Medici rulers of Florence. Its painter exalted his own status by showing a finely dressed artist at work in the presence of his patrons.