Head of the Virgin

about 1480–90
Attributed to Andrea della Robbia (Italian (Florentine), 1435–1525)


Overall: about 30.5 cm (12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

White glazed terracotta

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)





Fragment of a larger sculpture


Before 1902, acquired in Florence by Miss Florence Gilbert, London [see note 1]; about 1923, probably acquired from Miss Gilbert by Frank Lusk Babbott (b. 1854 - d. 1933), Waterville, NY; by descent to his daughter, Mary Babbott Ladd (b. 1887 - d. 1964), New York; by descent to her son, John Ladd (b. 1923 - d. 1971), Cambridge, MA; 1971, by inheritance to his widow, Florence C. Ladd, Cambridge; 2008, gift of Mrs. Ladd to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

[1] See Maud Cruttwell, Luca and Andrea della Robbia and Their Successors (London, 1902), pp. 176-177, ill. The sculpture was published as still being in Miss Gilbert's collection in 1922; see Allan Marquand, Andrea della Robbia and his Atelier (Princeton, 1922), vol. 1, pp. 50-52, cat. no. 36.

[2] According to information provided by the donor, Babbott acquired the sculpture around 1923. In The Collection of Frank Lusk Babbott, 1854-1933 (New York, 1934), cat. no. 9, the sculpture is said to have come "from a private collection in London."

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Florence C. Ladd