In the early 1500s, maiolica artists began painting narrative subjects on dishes, jugs, and other forms. Known as istoriato (“story painting”), this new style drew particularly from classical mythology for its decorative themes. On this dish is the Rape of Europa, a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in which Zeus disguises himself as a bull to abduct the princess Europa.
Place object was created: Italy
earthenware, tin glaze
Measurements: diameter: 12 inchesBequest of Constance S. Leggett D1978.94.229
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH