Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Maiolica
22 September 2012 – 6 May 2013 - Ceramics, Room 146
Photo: Dish showing a maiolica painter at work, made by Jacopo, Cafaggiolo, Italy, 1510-15, Museum no. 1717-1855
The V&A has the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance maiolica in the world. This exhibition explores the extraordinary imagery of this revolutionary type of tin-glazed pottery painted with a dazzling palette of colours that never fades and which was treasured by popes and princes. It also highlights maiolica’s many uses including the important social rituals surrounding courtship, marriage and birth.