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Virgin and Child

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Description This graceful and dignified representation of the Virgin and Child is a fine example of the continued influence of the glazed terracotta religious sculpture created in the early 15th century by Luca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482) and continued into the 16th century by Santi Buglioni's uncle, Benedetto (1459/60-1521), who covertly obtained the secrets of Luca's glazing technique. The Buglioni were among a small group of masters in Florence who continued to work creatively in the technique well into the 1500s. The heads and surfaces have been repaired.

Surfaces were cleaned and prior restorations retouched in preparation for exhibition.

Examined in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1987Examinationexamined for condition
12/31/1987Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
  • Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence . Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington. 2016-2017.
Provenance Emile Gaillard, Paris, 1904 [mode of acquisition unknown] [no. 397]; Raoul Heilbronner, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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1520s (Renaissance)
terracotta with glazes
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H: 41 3/4 × W: 24 × D: 16 in. (106.05 × 60.96 × 40.64 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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