Centerpiece Bowl Rape of Europa
Descriptions & details
Istoriato is a style of decoration on Italian Renaissance pottery that features a painted scene, usually of a mythical, historical, or biblical subject, executed with a realism quite unlike any previous pottery decoration.
King Philip II of Spain commissioned a work on this subject from Titian in 1562. Indeed, the Rape of Europa was very popular in aristocratic society in Renaissance Italy. In addition to celebrating what were considered men's healthy appetites, this type of subject served as a visual representation of the aristocracy's claim to absolute power.
Furthermore, paintings or ceramics with these types of imagery were wildly popular as wedding gifts due to their marital and sexual overtones.
Dimensions (inches): 21.5x5.5h
Dimensions (cm): 55x14h
Handmade & hand-painted in Deruta, Italy
Francesca Niccacci lives in Deruta, where she started her own business in 1975. Her ceramics have won her awards and praises on both sides of the pond. Francesca's work is eclectic, ranging from Renaissance-style portraits to geometrics, from traditional Deruta patterns to bold new collections. Yet, whatever the challenge, she consistently achieves the most striking results driven by indisputable talent, experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm.
Deruta is a small town in Umbria, in the heart of Italy. It has been one of the most vital centers for the production of Italian ceramics since the Renaissance (15th century). Today, Deruta is highly regarded worldwide for the fine quality and beauty of its pottery.