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Avelli, Francesco Xanto (c. 1487 - c. 1542)
Plate with the Sinking of the Fleet of SeleucusDate: 1532
Technique: Other/Unknown technique
Museum: Corcoran Gallery of Art
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Technique: Tin-glazed earthenware,
Size: diameter 26,5 cm,
Notes: This impressive maiolica plate was part of a service commissioned by the Pucci family in Florence; it was common for elaborate maiolica dinnerware such as this to be decorated with the family's coat-of-arms. The plate indicates the impact of the style of Michelangelo on personal and domestic culture. The theme is taken from an obscure third-century text, History of the World by Marcus Junianus Justinus, as Avelli tells us in an inscription on the bottom of the plate, along with his signature and the date.
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