Logicamente, lustre maiolica wine goblets, flasks, plates with the wine and Bacchus motif figured in my October 20, 2020 ZOOM presentation, “Italy’s Wine Mystique in History and Art.” But my “wine motif” subject was vast and the lustre ware in Umbria and the Marches truly merits exclusive attention, even – a talk on its own.
I even neglected to include in my talk our lustre-ware treasure, an espresso coffee set made by famous Gualdo Tadino potter, Remigi, given to me years ago as a mille grazie gift from a family whose son spent a July in Wisconsin one year with a host family, (When I had my English school here years ago, I used to take fifteen of my students to the US each summer with me and our three children on my trips home).
And when you’re next in Umbria, don’t miss a visit to the small hilltown of Torgiano, just south of Perugia…..
….to stop in for a visit at the Museo del Vino..
….one of the finest private museums in Italy. Here in twenty rooms of a 17th -century palace, three thousand treasured objects (dating from the third millenium B.C.) link to the mystique of wine in art, commerce, literature, ,philosophy, myth, religion and pharmacology.
In the section, “Wine in Myth,” a Wine Museum treasure is exhibited, the 16th-c lustre plate, “The Infancy of Bacchus”:
The infant Bacchus playfully puts a grape into the mouth of old Silenus, his teacher, represented here as a satyr on the masterpiece of lustre-ware work of Maestro Giorgio Andreoli of Gubbio (1528).
The grape held by the infant Bacchus as well as the bunch of grapes and the wine pitcher gripped by the elderly Silenus are all of the stunning ruby red lustre which Andreoli had created and which exalts the scene.