with Bukowski, Stockholm, 12-13th December 1991, lot 489
Baron Sprovieri collection
Private collection, Brescia
"The Persian series, together with the slightly earlier but less elaborate series depicting the fall of Troy...is the earliest known sytematic treatment on maiolica of ancient history.." (Timothy Wilson)
This series, typical of the projects of Xanto in its literary conception and its ambition, originally comprised at least thirty-nine panels, some signed by Xanto and some dated 1536. It is clear that Xanto had some assistance in its creation, perhaps from several painters, but at least from the mysterious painter 'Lu.Ur.'.
This painter, presumably Luca da Urbino, usually signed with a simple 'L', but uniquely, signs 'Lu:Ur:' on this documentary plaque.
For a further full discussion of this painter , see Timothy Wilson, Fimantiquari 2, 1993
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