Virgin and Child
Workshop of Andrea della Robbia (Italian (Florentine), 1435–1525)
Object Place: Europe, Tuscany, Italy
Overall: 48.3 x 33 x 10.8 cm (19 x 13 x 4 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
White-glazed terracotta relief on blue glazed background. Same composition as roundel on Trinity altarpiece, Arezzo, Cathedral, 1485. Other versions, for example, in private collection, Florence; see G. Gentilini, “I Della Robbia. La scultura invetriata nel Rinascimento,” Florence 1993, p. 186, and private collection, Modena; see exhibition catalogue “I Della Robbia e l‘ “arte nuova” della scultura invetriata” Fiesole, 1998, pp. 198-199.
By early 1870s, Samuel Gray Ward, Washington [see note 1]; by inheritance to his son, Thomas W. Ward, New York [see note 2]. By 1912, William C. Endicott, Boston [see previous note]; 1942, bequest of William C. Endicott to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1942)
 According to notes on back of undated photo in the MFA curatorial file, Samuel Gray Ward purchased the work in Florence, from an unnamed Florentine palace.  See A. Marquand, Della Robbias in America (Princeton, 1912), pp. 36,45, who publishes the relief as in the William C. Endicott collection, Boston.
Bequest of William C. Endicott in memory of the late Samuel Gray Ward