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made at Urbino, Italy

Postcard of Plate.
© National Museums Scotland


This maiolica plate was made at Urbino in Italy, perhaps at the Guido di Merlino Workshop, between 1540 and 1545.

The plate is painted in polychrome with an unidentified subject, probably Io. To the left, a woman (Juno) sits with a man pointing to an elderly man (Jupiter) and nymph (Io) to the right. There are two oxen in foreground.

Jupiter loved Io, daughter of Inachus. He transformed her into a white heifer to protect her from the anger of his wife, Juno (Ovid, Metamorphosis, I).

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Online ID: 000-180-001-089-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.510.9
Date: 1540 - 1545
Between 1540 and 1545
Material: Earthenware
Dimensions: 27 mm H x 248 mm D
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Urbino
Who: Auguste Ricard de Montferrand Collection (Previous owner)
Guido di Merlino, Urbino (Maker)
Io (Possibly depicted)
Juno (Possibly depicted)
Jupiter (Possibly depicted)
Where: Italy, Urbino
Description: Maiolica plate painted in polychrome a mythological scene: Italian, Urbino, perhaps Guido di Merlino Workshop, 1540 - 1545
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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