Wall Plate Simonetta Vespucci
By Francesca Niccacci
Descriptions & details
During the Italian Renaissance, display plates were given as engagement or wedding gifts. Sumptuously hand painted, they celebrated the ideals of beauty and virtue symbolized by the portrait of a Bella Donna, an elegant lady, or a handsome young man. The composition occasionally included a few words of wisdom painted in a ribbon or scroll and an elaborate border.
Fascinated by this ancient tradition, Francesca Niccacci, a highly reputed artisan living and working in Deruta, interprets it in her own special way. Her display plates feature the exquisite female beauties from the works of the most famous Italian painters.
The subject on this wall plate is Simonetta Vespucci as Cleopatra, from a painting by Piero di Cosimo, now in the Condé Museum in Chantilly (France). The text on the scroll or white ribbon surrounding the portrait reads Anima Mea (My Soul).
The wall plate comes ready to hang.
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.