Renaissance Portrait Vita Virtus Wall Plate by Niccacci
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This wall plate is painted by Francesca Niccacci, one of the finest Master Artisans in Deruta, Italy and is one in a sequence of dedication plates, Piatti Da Pompa, to honor a special person. During the Italian Renaissance wall plates were given as engagement or wedding gifts, celebrating beauty and virtue.
The scroll or white ribbon is marked with the words Vita Virtus, the Latin inscription (Virtue in Life).
The hand-painted wall plate is an interpretation portrait by the famous Renaissance painter, Piero del Pollaiolo. Piero del Pollaiuolo was an important early Renaissance artist in Florence known for his portraits. Some are in the old-fashioned profile format imitating coins and medals from Roman antiquity but others are more progressive, with the sitter depicted frontally and looking out at the viewer.
Francesca Niccacci is an internationally renowned artisan from Deruta, Italy known for her paintings of traditional Renaissance art, portraiture, mythological and historical themes. She studied with Romano Ranieri, a famous Deruta master, before beginning her own school.
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Crazing is common in well used majolica. The tiny cracks in the glaze do not affect the functionality of your majolica.
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