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Pietà Andrea della Robbia Luca della Robbia (previous attribution)


Andrea della Robbia Florence 1435 – 1525 Florence

Luca della Robbia (previous attribution) Florence [?] 1399/1400 – 1482 Florence

Culture Italian
Date late 15th century
Object type relief
Medium, technique glazed terracotta

77 × 49 × 15 cm, 65 kg
with frame: 90 × 66 × 20 cm

Inventory number 53.647
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 1

Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) developed the glazed terracotta technique at the beginning of the 1440s. His terracotta reliefs were more durable than those made from stucco, a material used for architectural decorations. At the same
time, terracotta was less costly than marble, and so within a short time it became very popular. Majolica became the speciality of the Florentine workshop, led initially by Luca della Robbia and later by Andrea, his nephew. It received numerous commissions in the course of a century. The minutely detailed Pietà in Budapest, the only surviving version, was probably produced in Andrea della
Robbia’s workshop.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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