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Dish with Amata and Turnus

Unknownabout 1515 - 1525

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This delicately painted scene with its imperfect architectural perspective shows an episode from Virgil's Aeneid. King Latinus of Latium and his wife Amata have planned that their beautiful daughter Lavinia will marry Turnus, king of the Rutulians. Latinus sits on a throne whose simple columns match the architecture behind him, looking at Turnus on his left. Amata kneels in the foreground, pleading with Turnus not to go into battle, where he may be killed. Lavinia stands at the left, wearing a hood and surrounded by her attendants.

In the AeneidLavinia is filled with emotion when she hears her mother's plea, "her burning cheeks bathed in tears and the deep flush glowed and spread over her face." Turnus ignores Amata's warning and is killed in battle by Aeneas of Troy. The Trojan hero Aeneas then returns to claim Lavinia as his wife.

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  • Title: Dish with Amata and Turnus
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1515 - 1525
  • Location Created: Faenza (probably), Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 5.4 x 24.6 cm (2 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Dish
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DE.106
  • Inscription: Inscription: Marked on the underside with a crossed circle with a smaller circle in each of the four quarters.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Decorative Arts

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