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Maiolica bowl with the Creation of Eve, after Federico Zuccari

Image attached to C.215-1991

An image of Maiolica. The Creation of Eve. Shallow bowl on foot. Unknown maker, The Marches, Urbino. Adam sleeps on a mound below a fruit tree on the left. Eve rises from beside him with her hands held up in prayer, looking towards God, who stands to the right with his right hand raised. In the landscape background there are two more trees, mountains, and birds in the sky. The edge is yellow. The back is inscribed in the middle in dark blue, `Dio quado formo eva' (God when he formed Eve), the last word projecting outside the foot. Earthenware, moulded and tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is thinly applied and has a discoloured and speckled area on the right side. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white. Height 8.0 cm, diameter 27.6 cm, circa 1575-1600. Renaissance. Notes: The design originated in a drawing by Federico Zuccaro/Zuccari (1540/1 - 1609), engraved by Johannes Sadeler I (1550-c. 1600), who was working in Italy during the 1590s.

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Maiolica. The Creation of Eve. Shallow bowl on foot. Unknown maker, The Marches, Urbino. Adam sleeps on a mound below a fruit tree on the left. Eve rises from beside him with her hands held up in prayer, looking towards God, who stands to the right with his right hand raised. In the landscape background there are two more trees, mountains, and birds in the sky. The edge is yellow. The back is inscribed in the middle in dark blue, `Dio quado formo eva' (God when he formed Eve), the last word projecting outside the foot. Earthenware, moulded and tin-glazed overall; the glaze on the reverse is thinly applied and has a discoloured and speckled area on the right side. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, black, and white. Height 8.0 cm, diameter 27.6 cm, circa 1575-1600. Renaissance. Notes: The design originated in a drawing by Federico Zuccaro/Zuccari (1540/1 - 1609), engraved by Johannes Sadeler I (1550-c. 1600), who was working in Italy during the 1590s.

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  • Accession Number: C.215-1991
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/19.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Katie Young
  • Image height: 997 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 933.10kB
  • Exposure time: 1/90
  • ISO Speed: 200
  • Fnumber: 19/1

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