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ID number:  BIRBI-42.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  ascribed to Robbia, Giovanni della (1469-1529/30)
Title / Object name:  The Virgin and Child with a Bird
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1500-6
Materials:  Terracotta relief, polycromed and glazed
Measurements:  139 x 95 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Christie's, 6 February 1942, lot 212, for £420

This work was originally made for a monastic church in Castellina, near Florence, and is a typical product of the della Robbia family workshop around 1500. This workshop was arguably at its height under the leadership of Giovanni’s father, Andrea (1435-1525), who was the originator of the figural design seen here. The compilation of frame elements, however, seems to be Giovanni’s own. The innovative glazed terracotta works of the della Robbia were extremely popular, and they repeated certain compositions to meet demand.

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