Starting from the Middle Ages Faenza stood out as excellent ceramic centre, so that to join its name to the ceramic typology which distinguished it: the majolica, known in Europe from the middle of the 16th century as faÏence.
In the Middle Ages the potters in Faenza developed a brilliant “archaic “ period, producing majolica (above all jugs, but also “albarelli”, pitchers, bowls, and other shapes) painted with the characteristic colors manganese brown and copper green (seldom the blue). They were richly decorated with zoomorphic, vegetal, epigraphic and armorial motifs, often devoted to the families and illustrious persons in town.
Beside the majolica vessels also engobed and sgraffiato ceramics came out on the top, they were painted in copper green and iron brown, they were decorated with motifs represented in this publication and had been produced for centuries.
Elegant archaic ceramics decorated with cobalt blue, or green and brown glazes open the exhibition and testify the ancient tradition of Faenza.