Oval porcelain plate, decorated all along the rim with a series of three floral bands in gold relief. In the center the plate is decorated with a scene after Annibale Carracci's fresco in Palazzo Farnese of Ercole al bivio.
The original painting was part of the frescos decoration of Cardinal Odoardo private rooms. Celebrated already in the artist life written by Bellori, the painting left Palazzo Farnese in Rome for Parma, already in the XVII century and became part of the Royal collections in Capodimonte in the XVIII century. It is a celebration of Virtue, on the left, showing a hard climb coronated by virtues and her triumph on Voluptuousness, symbolized by a naked figure on the right with musical instruments, game cards and theatrical masks.
Naples, Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea, late XVIII century.
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