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Dish with Tracery and the Bust of a Woman

ca. 1534-1543
Jacomo Da Pesaro

The decorative motifs and technique used in the production of Venetian faience make this an art apart in the Italian Renaissance. They were in fact influenced by Venice’s commercial and military contacts with Asia, which made it possible for objects very rare in the West to arrive there first. The workshop of Jacomo da Pesaro, one of the two most renowned in Venice, developed the technique of the light blue-grey enamel known as berettino, a milky glaze that covers the earthenware, seeking to imitate the white backgrounds of Chinese porcelain and, above all, the siliceous paste of Iznik faience. This dish, identifiable as object of prestige by virtue of its size and the richness of its decoration, bears motifs drawn from the vocabulary of the 16th-century Italian Mannerism.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Artist: Jacomo Da Pesaro
Title: Dish with Tracery and the Bust of a Woman
Geography: Venice, Italy
Date: ca. 1534-1543
Medium: majolica, painted faience
Classification: container, vase, tableware
Dimensions: D. 45.2 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2013.055
Contact for images: [email protected]
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