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Tondo

Artist:
Workshop of Giovanni della Robbia (Italian, Florence 1469–1529/30 Florence)
Date:
ca. 1500–1520
Medium:
Tin-glazed terracotta
Dimensions:
Diam. 57.5 cm
Classification:
Sculpture-Terracotta
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.2039
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 954
The della Robbia were a family of Florentine sculptors who were famous for their tin-glazed terracotta relief sculptures. The family expanded the traditional blue and white palette of glazes to a broader range of colors, as seen in the present work, which was produced by the workshop of Giovanni della Robbia. The tondo bears the emblem associated with the church of San Lorenzo in Florence or with its dependency -- the suburban church of San Marco Vecchio. The emblem consists of a cross and two ears of wheat above a gridiron, set in a white-glazed egg-and-dart frame, surrounded by a wreath of fruit, pinecones, and leaves bound with ribbons.
Stefano Bardini, Florence; Bardini sale, American Art Association, New York, 23 – 27 April 1918, lot 362.
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