Luca della Robbia (Italian, 1399/1400–1482 Florence)
Overall: 31 1/4 in., 93 lb. (79.4 cm, 42.1845 kg)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605
Luca della Robbia is famous especially for having brought the glazed terracotta technique to sculpture. This quiet, monumental composition shows him at the height of his powers. The composition is best viewed from the right and must have been site specific.
The Virgin's head was modeled and glazed separately.
Inscription: On banderole, in black letters: EGO SVM LVX MVNDI [I am the light of the world]
Marchese Viviani della Robbia , Florence ; Conte Lionello de Nobili ; Benjamin Altman (1910–13; bequeathed to MMA)