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Isabella's coat of arms in the maiolica credenza.

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Isabella's coat of arms in the maiolica credenza.

by lbonoldi» 2016-02-21 10:55:44.0

Dear fellow scholars,

I would like to know your opinion about a detail recurring in all the dishes from the maiolica credenza of Isabella d'Este.
I've alway found extremely strange the fact that in all the coat of arms the Bohemian lions (depicted on the "Gonzaga half" of the coat of arms) stand on a yellow background instead of a red one (which is the correct colour). Any idea about the reason of this change of colour?
 
Looking forward to know your opinion.
 
Best regards.
 
Lorenzo Bonoldi 
 
Lorenzo Bonoldi

RE: Isabella's coat of arms in the maiolica credenza.

by lboutin» 2016-03-09 14:53:08.0

Dear Lorenzo,

Thank you for bringing up this issue about color. I have never noticed it before. It is very strange that the orange/redish color used on other parts of the coat-of-arms is then not also used as a background for the Bohemian lions.

One hypothesis is that the maiolica workshop in Urbino did not have access to a correct version of Isabella's arms in color, but there could have been other issues with the availability, application, and firing of the colors.

I would be interested in any theories you may have.

Best regards,

Lisa Boutin Vitela


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