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30 November 2004 @ 07:39 pm
Artistic Advent: Large dish with scale border  
Large dish with scale border; in the center, the Madonna and Child
c. 1500/1535
Deruta, 16th Century
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
Large dish with scale border; in the center, the Madonna and Child
National Gallery of Art, Washington

When I started planning this project, I wanted to make sure I included more than just paintings of the Madonna and Child. I could have, easily—heck, I could have done forty days of Italian paintings of the Madonna and Child from the National Gallery alone—but the museums here in D.C. have much more to offer than just paintings. So before this is over, you'll see sculpture, photographs, folk art, ceramics, and so on.

Speaking of ceramics, how about this big plate? A detail image is available if you need a closer look, as is a translation of the text inscribed on the banner. And by the way, Deruta is not the name of the artist; it's a small town in Umbria (central Italy) famous for its tin-glazed ceramics.
 
 
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a2zmoma2zmom on November 30th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Yet another divine wee (And John, I did a spit take when I read that. I'm going to remeber that line and use it.)

You know, my kids used to do those make-a-plate things. I wonder if a museum would be interested in Doodle's interpretation of the plague of frogs - green dots all over the plate.
John Heaton: mejheaton on November 30th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)
No, you've got it all wrong. That's the Holy Doodle, whenceforth flows the Divine Wee. Luckily for you, that's the last of the naked baby pictures.
Edith: Maggiegeorgevna on November 30th, 2004 09:25 pm (UTC)
Umm, is that a flower on Baby Jesus's forehead, or is he some kind of punk-rock divinity?

And thank you for not going the easy route and just posting Renaissance paintings - it's much more interesting this way.
John Heaton: christmasjheaton on November 30th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
Good question. It looks sort of like the latter, but without taking a trip downtown to look at it in person I really couldn't say.

And yes, I thought so. There's some really great 20th century stuff coming up.
Pidge: Break My Fallpidgehuss on December 1st, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
Awesome, I look forward to the sculptures.
John Heaton: christmasjheaton on December 1st, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
Well, you don't have long to wait. The first sculpture is scheduled for Friday.