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Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence

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'Renaissance mastery. A revelation… as dazzling and joyous as sunlight' - The Boston Globe

Della Robbia

The glazed terra-cotta technique invented by Luca della Robbia (1400–82), along with his exceptional skill as a sculptor, placed him firmly in the first rank of Renaissance artists in the fifteenth century. The Della Robbia studio produced dazzling multicoloured ornaments for major Florentine buildings, delicately modelled and ingeniously constructed freestanding statues, serene blue-and-white devotional reliefs for domestic use, charming portraits of children and commanding busts of rulers, along with decorative and liturgical objects. Important patrons from the Medici family to the French court enhanced the reputation of the Della Robbia style and technique, which in turn inspired imitation by rival artists.

In recent years, renewed attention from art historians, backed by sophisticated technical studies, has reintegrated Della Robbia into the mainstream of Renaissance art history and illuminated the originality and accomplishments of the family’s studio, which operated into the 16th century. This beautifully illustrated companion to the first major Della Robbia exhibition in the United States brings readers into the workshops of these ingenious artists to experience one of the great inventions of the Renaissance. 

  • Author: Marietta Cambareri, Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: August 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0878468416
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.0 cm

'Renaissance mastery. A revelation… as dazzling and joyous as sunlight' - The Boston Globe

'astonishingly, preternaturally, gloriously stunning' - The Huffington Post

'Pure Beauty… expertly documented by Marietta Cambareri, the museum’s curator of European decorative arts and sculpture' - The New York Times

'excellent exhibition book' - Wall Street Journal