Skip to main content

Main Building

Plate with Arethusa Fleeing Alpheus

1531
Francesco Xanto Avelli da Rovigo, Italian (active Urbino), recorded 1530 - 1542. Lustered in the workshop of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli, Italian (active Gubbio), recorded from 1489, died 1555
This unruly composition captures some of the surprising aspects of the narrative from Ovid's Metamorphoses in which Arethusa is rescued from the lecherous hands of Alpheus by Diana, chaste goddess of the hunt. Without holding the plate, it is hard to appreciate the role of Giorgio Andreoli's luster details—here in gold, silver, and ruby—that enliven the scene....

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.


Main Building