• Albarello (pharmacy jug) with the Depiction of a Woman

    Technique:
    painting over opaque white tin glaze
    Dimensions:
    h. 22 cm

Albarello (pharmacy jug) with the Depiction of a Woman

Italy, Deruta, Circa 1500

The albarello, a pharmacy jar of cylindrical form, is decorated with a profile image of a woman wearing a wreath of flowers. In the 15th-16th centuries albarelli were the most common and widespread type of Italian pharmacy vessels. Such vessels were made without lids and were covered with paper or parchment tied up with a string under the thickened rim of the short neck. On the front side there was usually a band with the name of the medicine, ointment, syrup or cosmetics. On this albarello there is an inscription: DI CVRCVMA (turmeric - yellow ginger). During the period of the Renaissance women used turmeric to dye their hair. The painting is performed in blue, yellow and green paints. It is known that in majolica painting over unburned glaze only several paints were used: white, violet, brown, cobalt blue, yellow and copper-green. These very paints were used because they could withstand the high temperature of the second burning necessary for melting. Red pigment was used extremely rarely. In the Hermitage collection of Italian majolica there is a pair to this albarello with a breast-length depiction of a youth.

Title:

Albarello (pharmacy jug) with the Depiction of a Woman

Place of creation:

Manufacture, workshop, firm:

Workshops of Deruta

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Material:

Technique:

painting over opaque white tin glaze

Dimensions:

h. 22 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1920; formerly in the M.P. Botkin collection

Inventory Number:

Ф-2024

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