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Dish (Tondino) with a Child Lying Near a Skull

Dish (Tondino) with a Child Lying Near a Skull

Artist: workshop of Giorgio Andreoli (Italian, ca. 1465 – 1555)

Date: ca. 1525-35
Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
DIAMETER: 10 1/2 x 2 in. (26.7 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN7022
On View: Art Museum Gallery 03
About this Objectcenter: young man sleeping near skull with streamer over his head

The imagery in the center of the dish is a memento mori, or a reminder of death. The sleeping or dead child and the skull in the foreground allude to the fragility of life. Such elaborately decorated dishes served a function that was representational or commemorative rather than useful.
Provenance
Emile Gavet, Paris (cat. #496, not ill.), approximately 1870s-1880s; sold to Mr. and Mrs. William K. and Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt, Gothic Room, Marble House, Newport, Rhode Island, 1889-1982; transfered to Mrs. Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt Belmont in divorce; purchased by John Ringling, 1928; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
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