Xanto: Pottery-painter, Poet, Man of the Italian Renaissance
Francesco Xanto Avelli Da Rovigo (c.1486-c.1542) painted some of the most beautiful and fascinating ceramics produced in Renaissance Italy, often drawing on classical mythology for his subjects. He was also a poet, and commented on the tempestuous events of his time - including the infamous Sack of Rome in 1527 - both in verse and allegorically in the imagery of the dishes and plates he decorated. This book is a comprehensive study of Xanto as a remarkable painter of Italian Renaissance tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) decorated with narrative subjects (istoriato), a poet and a loyal follower of the condottiere Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. It contains a full transcription of his sonnets with a parallel English translation. A list of maiolica by or attributable to Xanto is another first. Through his ceramics, beautiful and interesting in themselves, and here superbly reproduced, it provides an enlightening cross-section of the dawn of the early modern era.
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Aeneas Albert Museum Allegory Andreoli Apollo arms Attributed to Francesco attributed to Xanto Ballardini 1933 Bartsch 26 BIBLIOCRAPHY Bowl with broad broad border Tondino centre Cioci Ciovanni cm London Cubbio Cupid dark blue dated decorated Dish on low Duchy of Urbino Duke of Urbino engraving Faenza figures Fiocco and Cherardi Florence followed by they/p foreground Francesco Maria Francesco Urbini Francesco Xanto Avelli Giacomotti 1974 Hercules inscribed inscription istoriato Italy Large plate Lessmann low foot Coppa lustre lustre scrolls Maestro Ciorgio maiolica Mallet Marcantonio Raimondi's Marco Dente Medici Nicola da Urbino Omphale Ovidio painted Paris Pesaro pieces Plaque Plate(Tagliere Polychrome Polychrome and lustre Pope probably PROVENANCE Rackham and Ballardini Raphael Rasmussen 1989 reverse detail river Rosso Fiorentino Rovere Rovigo Sack of Rome signature signed Sonnet Sotheby's the'S they/p flourish Thornton and Wilson Triolo unsigned Venus Victoria and Albert Wallace Collection ware workshop of Maestro y/p flourish