Italian Collection

The Raising of Lazarus shows the moment when Jesus called Lazarus forth from the tomb in tempera and gold on panel
The Raising of Lazarus
The Raising of Lazarus
The Raising of Lazarus shows the moment when Jesus called Lazarus forth from the tomb in tempera and gold on panel

The Raising of Lazarus

Duccio di Buoninsegna
Italian (active 1278–1318)
14th century
1310–11
Tempera and gold on panel
17 1/8 x 18 1/4 in. (43.5 x 46.4 cm) Framed: 20 7/8 x 22 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (53 x 56.2 x 4.8 cm)
APx 1975.01
Duccio was the preeminent Sienese painter in the early years of the fourteenth century. He infused the prevailing Byzantine style with a more naturalistic, narrative mode.
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Fish is a wide earthenware jar with a wise mouth and very small handles on the side
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Fish
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Fish
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Fish is a wide earthenware jar with a wise mouth and very small handles on the side

Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Fish

Italian
15th century
c. 1425–50
Tin-glazed earthenware
7 3/4 x 8 x 7 in. (19.7 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm)
AP 1979.06
This type of earthenware has a tin-glazed, opaque white surface that provides an excellent ground for pictorial decoration.
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Lily Motifs is a blue and white earthenware jar with small handles and a wide mouth
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Lily Motifs
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Lily Motifs
Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Lily Motifs is a blue and white earthenware jar with small handles and a wide mouth

Apothecary Jar with Oak Leaf and Lily Motifs

Italian
15th century
c. 1425–50
Tin-glazed earthenware
9 x 9 x 8 in. (22.8 x 22.8 x 20.3 cm)
AP 1979.07
This type of earthenware has a tin-glazed, opaque white surface that provides an excellent ground for pictorial decoration.
The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes is made of tempera and gold on panel. Notable is the use of pure pigments, such as vermilion and lapis lazuli and gilded decorative borders of the drapery
The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes
The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes
The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes is made of tempera and gold on panel. Notable is the use of pure pigments, such as vermilion and lapis lazuli and gilded decorative borders of the drapery

The Apostle Saint James the Greater Freeing the Magician Hermogenes

Fra Angelico (Fra Giovanni da Fiesole)
Italian (c. 1395/1400–1455)
15th century
c. 1426–29
Tempera and gold on panel
10 9/16 x 9 3/8 in. (26.8 x 23.8 cm) Framed: 18 5/8 x 17 7/16 in. (47.3 x 44.3 cm)
AP 1986.03
Born Guido di Piero, the artist known as Fra Angelico acquired his nickname not long after his death, when he was referred to as “Angelicus” by a fellow Dominican monk for his pious life and artworks.
Albarello with Scrolling Gothic Leaf Motif is a narrow cylindrical earthenware which has been decorated and covered in tin glaze
Albarello with Scrolling Gothic Leaf Motif
Albarello with Scrolling Gothic Leaf Motif
Albarello with Scrolling Gothic Leaf Motif is a narrow cylindrical earthenware which has been decorated and covered in tin glaze

Albarello with Scrolling Gothic Leaf Motif

Italian
15th century
c. 1450–1500
Tin-glazed earthenware
12 5/8 x 5 3/8 in. (32 x 13.6 cm)
AP 1979.10
By the late fifteenth century, polychrome wares had replaced the more limited palette of Severe-style majolica, adding new shades of gold and green. Plant forms predominated, particularly an elegantly scrolled “Gothic-floral” leaf.
Apothecary Jar with Gothic Leaf Motif is a two-handled earthenware jar decorated with elegant patterns and a plant motif
Apothecary Jar with Gothic Leaf Motif
Apothecary Jar with Gothic Leaf Motif
Apothecary Jar with Gothic Leaf Motif is a two-handled earthenware jar decorated with elegant patterns and a plant motif

Apothecary Jar with Gothic Leaf Motif

Italian
15th century
c. 1450–75
Tin-glazed earthenware
8 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (20.6 x 19 x 14 cm)
AP 1979.08
By the late fifteenth century, polychrome wares had replaced the more limited palette of Severe-style majolica, adding new shades of gold and green.
Virgin and Child (The Borromeo Madonna) is a terracotta relief of the Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child (The Borromeo Madonna)
Virgin and Child (The Borromeo Madonna)
Virgin and Child (The Borromeo Madonna) is a terracotta relief of the Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child (The Borromeo Madonna)

Attributed to Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi)
Italian (1386/87–1466)
15th century
c. 1450
Terracotta
32 7/8 x 20 1/2 in. (83.5 x 52.1 cm)
AP 2006.01
Celebrated for his powers of invention, range of expression, and technical prowess, Donatello was the preeminent Italian sculptor of the fifteenth century.
The Madonna and Child is a half-length devotional painting of the Madonna and Child. Bellini’s Madonna stands behind a veined marble parapet, in front of a cloth of honor brocaded with pomegranates to symbolize the Resurrection.
The Madonna and Child
The Madonna and Child
The Madonna and Child is a half-length devotional painting of the Madonna and Child. Bellini’s Madonna stands behind a veined marble parapet, in front of a cloth of honor brocaded with pomegranates to symbolize the Resurrection.

The Madonna and Child

Giovanni Bellini
Italian (c. 1438–1516)
15th century
c. 1465
Tempera, possibly oil, and gold on panel
32 1/2 x 23 in. (82.5 x 58.4 cm) Framed: 48 x 39 1/8 x 5 in. (121.9 x 99.4 x 12.7 cm)
AP 1971.06
Giovanni Bellini’s half-length devotional paintings of the Madonna and Child enjoyed great popularity in Venice, and later in his career he employed a large workshop to meet the demand.
The Madonna and Child with Saints Joseph, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist is a devotional painting which places Madonna and Child in the center of the composition
The Madonna and Child with Saints Joseph, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist
The Madonna and Child with Saints Joseph, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist
The Madonna and Child with Saints Joseph, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist is a devotional painting which places Madonna and Child in the center of the composition

The Madonna and Child with Saints Joseph, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist

Andrea Mantegna
Italian (c. 1430/31–1506)
15th century
c. 1485–88
Distemper, oil, and gold on canvas
24 3/4 x 20 3/16 in. (62.9 x 51.3 cm) Framed: 32 3/8 x 28 3/8 x 3 in. (82.2 x 72.1 x 7.6 cm)
AP 1987.04
Trained in the humanist university town of Padua, Andrea Mantegna developed a lifelong passion for antiquity that profoundly informed his work as an artist.
Portia and Brutus is a panel in a series by Ercole de’ Roberti of virtuous women. In the painting, Portia shows Brutus a self-inflicted wound  to confirm that she would be ready to endure death
Portia and Brutus
Portia and Brutus
Portia and Brutus is a panel in a series by Ercole de’ Roberti of virtuous women. In the painting, Portia shows Brutus a self-inflicted wound  to confirm that she would be ready to endure death

Portia and Brutus

Ercole de’ Roberti
Italian (c. 1455/56–1496)
15th century
c. 1486–90
Tempera, possibly oil, and gold on panel
19 3/16 x 13 1/2 in. (48.7 x 34.3 cm) Framed: 25 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (65.4 x 52.1 x 5.7 cm)
AP 1986.05
Ercole de’ Roberti spent the latter half of his career at the court of Ercole I d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, painting altarpieces, small devotional works, portraits, and fresco cycles for the Este residences, as well as decorative projects.
The Torment of Saint Anthony depicts how the Egyptian hermit-saint, Saint Anthony, had a vision that he levitated into the air and was attacked by demons, whose torments he withstood. He also included a landscape that resembles the Arno River Valley around Florence.
The Torment of Saint Anthony
The Torment of Saint Anthony
The Torment of Saint Anthony depicts how the Egyptian hermit-saint, Saint Anthony, had a vision that he levitated into the air and was attacked by demons, whose torments he withstood. He also included a landscape that resembles the Arno River Valley around Florence.

The Torment of Saint Anthony

Michelangelo Buonarroti
Italian (1475–1564)
15th century
1487
Tempera on panel
18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 34.9 cm) Framed: 27 x 22 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (68.6 x 56.8 x 5.7 cm)
AP 2009.01
This is the first known painting by Michelangelo, described by his earliest biographers and believed to have been painted when he was twelve or thirteen years old.
Albarello with Pine Cone Motif is a tin-glazed cylindrical earthenware vessel with a staggered design of pine cones derived from Persian palmettes.
Albarello with Pine Cone Motif
Albarello with Pine Cone Motif
Albarello with Pine Cone Motif is a tin-glazed cylindrical earthenware vessel with a staggered design of pine cones derived from Persian palmettes.

Albarello with Pine Cone Motif

Italian
15th century
c. 1500
Tin-glazed earthenware
12 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (31.1 x 14 cm)
AP 1979.09
By the late fifteenth century, polychrome wares had replaced the more limited palette of Severe-style majolica, adding new shades of gold and green. Plant forms predominated, particularly an elegantly scrolled “Gothic-floral” leaf motif.
Bellini’s Christ Blessing vividly portrays the incarnation. The Resurrected Savior faces the worshiper with a level gaze. He raises his right hand in blessing, and with his left grips the bright red staff of the banner of the Resurrection.
Christ Blessing
Christ Blessing
Bellini’s Christ Blessing vividly portrays the incarnation. The Resurrected Savior faces the worshiper with a level gaze. He raises his right hand in blessing, and with his left grips the bright red staff of the banner of the Resurrection.

Christ Blessing

Giovanni Bellini
Italian (c. 1438–1516)
16th century
c. 1500
Tempera, oil, and gold on panel
23 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (59 x 47 cm) Framed: 31 x 26 x 3 in. (78.7 x 66 x 7.6 cm)
AP 1967.07
Bellini’s Christ Blessing vividly portrays the central mystery of the Christian faith: the incarnation, when Christ––fully human and fully divine––was sent to earth to redeem humankind.
Christ the Redeemer is sculpted in mezzo rilievo. The profile view of Christ is deeply undercut, shows twisting tendrils and the crisp patterns of Christ’s beard set against the smooth surface of his skin.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is sculpted in mezzo rilievo. The profile view of Christ is deeply undercut, shows twisting tendrils and the crisp patterns of Christ’s beard set against the smooth surface of his skin.

Christ the Redeemer

Attributed to Tullio Lombardo
Italian (c. 1455–1532)
16th century
c. 1500–1520
White marble relief
13 3/16 x 12 3/16 x 3 9/16 in. (33.5 x 31 x 9 cm)
AP 2005.04
This marble relief has recently been attributed to the Venetian sculptor Tullio Lombardo. Tullio was well versed in both ancient art and the work of contemporary artists outside Venice, such as Mantegna and Leonardo da Vinci.
 Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este is a terracotta bust of who we believe to be Marchioness of Mantua. It represents her in a highly flattering way, presenting an ideal, classicized “likeness."
Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este
Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este
 Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este is a terracotta bust of who we believe to be Marchioness of Mantua. It represents her in a highly flattering way, presenting an ideal, classicized “likeness."

Portrait of a Woman, Probably Isabella d’Este

Attributed to Gian Cristoforo Romano
Italian (c. 1465–1512)
16th century
c. 1500
Terracotta, formerly polychromed
21 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (54.3 x 54.6 cm)
AP 2004.01
This rare terracotta portrait bust probably represents Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua. The most celebrated woman of her day, Isabella d’Este (1474–1539) cultivated one of the most illustrious courts in Renaissance Italy.
Fortitude and Unidentified Virtue, Possibly Hope are two marble sculptures representing Virtues: one is identifiable as Fortitude by her attribute, the column; the other figure is without an attribute and may represent Hope.
Fortitude and Unidentified Virtue, Possibly Hope
Fortitude and Unidentified Virtue, Possibly Hope
Fortitude and Unidentified Virtue, Possibly Hope are two marble sculptures representing Virtues: one is identifiable as Fortitude by her attribute, the column; the other figure is without an attribute and may represent Hope.

Fortitude and Unidentified Virtue, Possibly Hope

Bambaia (Agostino Busti)
Italian (c. 1483–1548)
16th century
c. 1520–25
Marble
a: 23 13/16 x 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (60.5 x 24.2 x 19.3 cm) b: 26 3/16 x 12 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. (66.5 x 31.5 x 16.5 cm)
AP 1981.12 a,b
Agostino Busti, known as Bambaia, was an important Lombard sculptor, notable for his refined technique and innovative classicism.

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