Stove Tile

About this object


Possibly painted by Bartolomäus Dill Riemenschneider (1500–ca. 1550), who lived and worked in Bolzano during the second quarter of the sixteenth century. He painted several altarpieces and equipped numerous Tyrolean castles with wall paintings, but his real specialty was the painting of stove tiles. It is also possible that these tiles were painted by his father, Tillmann Riemenschneider.

Cultural context

functional; decorative

Iconographic meaning

Represents the sense of smell.

Specific techniques


Physical description

Square earthenware stove tile with slightly convex sides. Bust of a woman with flower within an ornate circular blue and white scroll medallion. She is painted in blue and white on a yellow and orange background. Unglazed sides, back.