Tazza with Moses Striking the Rock

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Jean de Court (Limoges, France, active 1541–1564, d. before 1583)
Tazza with Moses Striking the Rock, ca. 1560
Enameled and gilded copper
4 1/4 × 9 1/2 in. (10.8 × 24.13 cm)
Purchase, with funds from the Milwaukee Art Museum Docents M2002.168
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Currently on View

This shallow-footed bowl is painted in grisaille (monochromatic tones) with salmon-pink flesh tints and gilded details. The interior scene represents Moses striking water from the Rock of Horeb at the command of God, who emerges from the clouds at the upper right (Exodus 17). Sculptural scrollwork, river gods, and grotesque masks animate the underside of the basin.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 53-55, cat. 14, color illus. p. 54, b/w illus. p. 53.
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.