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


Sign Language Interpretation  ASL interpretation 


Above: Andrea della Robbia, Bust of a Young Boy, about 1475. Glazed terracotta. Museo Nazionale del Bargello-Firenze.

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies