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Virgin and Child (copy of the Andrea della Robbia original), 1485, terracotta. National Gallery, Washington
Nativity (copy of the Andrea della Robbia original), 1479, terracotta. Verna Church

Virgin and Child (copy of the Andrea della Robbia original), 1485, terracotta. National Gallery, Washington

Nativity (copy of the Andrea della Robbia original), 1479, terracotta. Verna Church

The Della Robbia family of sculptors were active in Florence throughout the Cinquecento period. Their main contribution to sculpture was glazed ceramics, a technique they are credited with having invented. With this type of ceramic, an infinite number of works were made currently located in palaces, museums, art galleries, etc. all over the world. The most famous of all was Luca della Robbia, founder of the dynasty. His most outstanding pupil was his nephew Andrea della Robbia, to whom we may attribute, among other works, the tondi that decorate the spandrels of the gallery of the Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents) in Florence. On the other hand, his son Giovanni seems to have specialised in the garlands and floral elements on panels.

 

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