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The Virgin of the Lilies
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The Virgin of the Lilies

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Description The style of this "tondo," or medallion, was developed by Luca della Robbia (ca. 1400-82) who invented this type of brightly colored glazed terracotta (baked or fired clay) relief-inspired by maiolica-and it shows the continued admiration of his works long after his death. Such medallions were intended for placement in an architectural setting like this. The lilies placed behind the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child symbolize her purity. She offers Christ her breast for nursing, emphasizing Christ's humanity.
Provenance Raoul Heilbronner, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1902

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ca. 1500-1550 (Renaissance)
terracotta with glaze
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52 3/8 in. (133 cm)


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