The ceramics Antonio Patanazzi did not sign

Here is a series of ceramic works attributed to Antonio Patanazzi, an artist from Urbino whom we already encountered when visiting Antica Farmacia di Roccavaldina, in Sicily.

Patanazzi began his career in the first half of the 1500s as an apprentice in the workshop owned by his uncles – who just happened to be part of the Fontana family, renowned for their maiolicas. Patanazzi worked for them for such a long time that his works are often misattributed to them, perhaps also because he only ever signed three of his vases, two of which – made in 1580, just seven years before his death – are now kept at Antica Farmacia di Roccavaldina.

Here is a series dedicated to his beautiful maiolicas

Antonio Patanazzi, anfora con coperchio, 1580, collezione privata - urn with lid, private collection

Amphora with lid, 1580, detail

Antonio Patanazzi, anfora con coperchio, 1580, collezione privata - Urn with lid, 1580, private collection

Amphora with lid, 1580, detail

Antonio Patanazzi, anfora, 1580 ca, collezione privata

Amphora, ca. 1580, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, anfora, 1579, Civiche Raccolte d'Arte, Milano - Amphora, 1579, Civic Art Collections, Milan

Amphora, 1579, Civic Art Collections, Milan

Antonio Patanazzi, versatoio a grottesche, 1579 ca, Civiche Raccolte d'Arte, Milano - Pourer with grotesque decorations, ca. 1579, Civic Art Collections, Milan

Pourer with grotesque decorations, ca. 1579, Civic Art Collections, Milan

Antonio Patanazzi, portatorce, XVI secolo, collezione privata - Torch holder, 16th century, private collection

Torch holder, 16th century, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, calamaio, 1580 ca, collezione privata - Inkwell, ca. 1580, private collection

Inkwell, ca. 1580, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, calamaio "La Pietà", 1580 ca, Museo internazionale delle ceramiche, Faenza - "La Pietà" inkwell, ca. 1580, International Ceramics Museum

"La Pietà" inkwell, ca. 1580, International Ceramics Museum, Faenza

Antonio Patanazzi, vaso, 1580 ca, collezione privata - private collection

Vase, ca. 1580, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, vaso, 1580 ca, collezione privata - private collection

Vase, ca. 1580, detail

Antonio Patanazzi, vaso, 1580 ca, collezione privata - private collection

Vase, ca. 1580, detail

Antonio Patanazzi, piatto "Giulio Cesare offre pane e vino al popolo romano", 1580 ca, Birmingham Museum of Art - "Julius Caesar offers bread and wine to the Roman people" plate

"Julius Caesar offers bread and wine to the Roman people" plate, ca. 1580, Birmingham Museum of Art

Antonio Patanazzi, piatto "Madonna con Bambino Gesù", XVI secolo, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - "Madonna with Baby Jesus" plate, 16th century

"Madonna with Baby Jesus" plate, 16th century, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Antonio Patanazzi, bacinella (dal servizio da pranzo di Alfonso II d'Este, duca di Ferrara), 1579 ca, Louvre, Parigi - Basin (from Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara's dining set)

Basin (from Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara's dining set), ca. 1579, Louvre, Paris

Antonio Patanazzi, bacile trilobato, 1579 ca, Louvre, Parigi - Trefoil basin

Trefoil basin, ca. 1579, Louvre, Paris

Antonio Patanazzi, calamaio, XVI secolo, collezione privata - inkwell, 16th century, private collection

Inkwell, 16th century, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, rinfrescatoio con scena marina, 1570-1580, collezione privata - Cooling basin with marine scene

Cooling basin with marine scene, 1570-1580, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, rinfrescatoi, XVI secolo, collezione privata - cooling basins, 16th century, private collection

Cooling basins, 16th century, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, rinfrescatoio, XVI secolo, collezione privata - Cooling basin, 16th century, private collection

Cooling basin, 16th century, private collection

Antonio Patanazzi, rinfrescatoio con scena marina, 1570-1580, collezione privata - Cooling basin with marine scene

Cooling basin with marine scene, 1570-1580, detail

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