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Maiolica plate made in the studio of Guido Durantino in Urbino, Italy, 1535.

Tin-glazed earthenware

Museum number: B47

Curatorial note

This plate is from a maiolica service commissioned by Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567), a celebrated soldier who became in turn Marshal of France (1522), Governor of Languedoc (1526) and finally Constable of France (1537), for his residence, the Chateau d'Écouen, near Paris. Only 19 pieces of this large service survive, scattered in museums throughout Europe and America. All are painted with mythological subjects and bear the Montmorency coat of arms.

The story depicted on the Soane plate is that of the three daughters of Minyas from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book IV, who refuse to observe the rituals of the feast of Bacchus and remain indoors, spinning and telling stories, and who are eventually turned into bats as punishment.

Exhibition history

Le Dressoir du Prince, Musée National de la Renaissance, Écouen, October 1995 - March 1996


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