Fired clay, brilliant opaque colors, and shining surfaces characterize the glazed terra-cotta sculpture of the Della Robbia, which are among the most beloved creations of the Italian Renaissance. Explore this technique—invented and perfected by Luca della Robbia and his family workshop—with MFA exhibition curator Marietta Cambareri in its Renaissance contexts and the revival of interest in the material in the 19th century. Hear about the modern technical investigations that reveal the closely guarded secrets of the Renaissance workshop.
Marietta Cambareri, Senior Curator of European Sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Art of Europe
Co-hosted with the American Friends of Attingham
Above: Andrea della Robbia, Bust of a Young Boy, about 1475. Glazed terracotta. Museo Nazionale del Bargello-Firenze.
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