• Plate 'The Fall of Phaeton'

    Technique:
    painting over opaque white tin glaze and lustre
    Dimensions:
    diam. 25,5 cm

Plate 'The Fall of Phaeton'

Italy, 1522

The painting depicts the scene of The Fall of Phaeton. In the centre of the composition there is Phaeton falling with his head over heels; high up in the sky one can see a capsized chariot, and on the right there are running Heliades, the sisters of the hero. The plot of the painting is traced to the antique myth described in the Metamorphoses by Ovid. Phaeton, son of the sun god Helios, obtained his father's promise to drive the chariot for a day and to sweep across the sky in it, but Phaeton was unable to control the fierce horses that dashed off over the ground. The earth was seized with fire. Then Jupiter, the chief of the gods, stroke the chariot with a lightning bolt, and Phaeton plunged into the Eridanos River. The plate was painted by the most prominent master from Gubbio Giorgio Andreoli. Special brightness is given to majolica by decoration with reddish (ruby-coloured) or golden lustre. Lustre painting consisted in applying a pigment with metallic oxides to the already glazed surface of pottery which was then re-fired. Gubbio, a town in Umbria, was famous for production of lustred majolica wears. Not only local majolica pieces but also items made in other towns and cities of Italy were painted with luster in Andreoli's workshop.

Title:

Plate 'The Fall of Phaeton'

Place of creation:

Manufacture, workshop, firm:

Worshops of Gubbio

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Material:

Technique:

painting over opaque white tin glaze and lustre

Dimensions:

diam. 25,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1885; formerly in the A.P. Basilewski collection

Inventory Number:

Ф-397

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