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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Made in Italy, another item my grandmother picked up while living in Rome in the 1970's (she purchased a lot of antiques while she was there). Who is this mysterious woman and how old is this piece?

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    1. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 9 years ago
      The portrait is Dante Alighieri, born 1265 and died 1321, is Italy's greatest poet.
      The plate looks to be 1920-30's. Italy=prior to ww2.
    2. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 9 years ago
      Oh yea, Its a MAN!! LOL
    3. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Ummm a man?! Oops.

      Thanks, way to go solving this mystery!
    4. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 9 years ago
      I have a renaissance book downstairs, just remembered the face. LOL Dave
    5. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Found a more manly painting of him:
    6. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 9 years ago
      They wore some strange head gear in them days, hard to tell man from woman. I think men wore more lace than women did! LOL Dave
    7. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 9 years ago
      You can google the subject then click on images. This plate looks in the "style" but is clearly a feminine face.
    8. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      It's not just the head gear. Maybe it's just me, but the face on the piece I have looks very feminine!
    9. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Savoychina, the link Dizzydave posted shows a nearly identical image to the one on the plate.
    10. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 9 years ago
      The back of plate has his name, Dante. Dave
    11. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 9 years ago
      Yes, I checked it out before I wrote. The one I listed is on the same page. While the image is similar, the plate is clearly more feminine. The jaw line, the cheek bone structure and the lips are unmistakeble. I'm just saying...
    12. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Artist's interpretation, it's Dante Alighieri. It makes sense that my grandmother acquired it while in Italy, she loved classic literature & poetry and Dante Alighieri wrote (among other works) Divine Comedy, a literary masterpiece.
    13. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Dizzydave I was reading that as "Leante" which sounded Spanish and not Italian to me! After you first posted about it being Dante Alighieri the bells went off that it's not Leante but rather Dante. Duh!
    14. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 9 years ago
      It was common practice in those days to paint people beautifully. Even if it was a male. The made the skin smooth and white even if it was wrinkled and age spotted. Men would often have the appereance of a woman, and younger guys really looked like little girls. SMD, sometimes we just have to sit back and look at things from a different perspective. LOL Dave
    15. SMD SMD, 9 years ago
      Thanks for loving it, Dave! I now have a new appreciation for it.

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