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The Flaying of Marsyas: C.219-1991

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Current Location: In storage


The Flaying of Marsyas


Production: Unknown (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica plate, painted in polychrome with The Flaying of Marsyas.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse tinged with green near the edges. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, grey, and white. Circular with narrow gently sloping rim and shallow well.
The Flaying of Marsyas. On the left, Marsyas is tied to a tree. Apollo strides towards him holding a knife in his right hand. Marsyas' pipes and Apollo's lyre lie on the ground. In the landscape background there are rocks, shrubs, distant sea and mountains. The edge is yellow. On the back, single yellow bands encircle the foot, shoulder and edge.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.1 cm
Height: 3.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Late 16th Century
Circa 1565 CE - 1580 CE


The figures were derived from the woodcut in Gabriello Symeoni's 'Metamorfoseo d'Ovidio', Lyon (Jean de Tournes), 1559.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, grey, and white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall; the reverse tinged with green near the edges. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, grey, and white.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 535/c
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.219-1991
Primary reference Number: 73191
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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