Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, November 21, 1978, lot 44, to Rainer Zietz Limited.]
1978 - 1984
Rainer Zietz Limited, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
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Plate with the Abduction of Helen
Francesco Xanto Avelli (Italian, 1486/1487 - about 1544)
Urbino, Italy (Place Created)
6.4 × 46 cm (2 1/2 × 18 1/8 in.)
Francesco Xanto Avelli painted the entire surface of this large plate with a scene of the abduction of
Xanto copied the scene from a popular engraving of Helen's abduction. Beginning in the mid-1400s, prints and engravings were widely available and were frequently adapted by artists to fit the circular shapes of ceramics. Xanto probably transferred the image by pricking the print with small holes, placing the
The back of the plate is inscribed in blue with the date, the artist's signature, and a verse describing the mythological scene on the front.
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Christie's, New York. The Exceptional Sale. April 20, 2018, p. 18, ill.