Head of a youth

Style of Andrea della Robbia Italian

Not on view

This sculpture does not portray a specific individual but rather is an idealized depiction of a handsome young man. In Renaissance Florence, such youthful male beauty represented an aspirational type of citizenry that was physically vital and psychologically aware. Framed by a colorful garland of the kind actually used in Florentine civic celebrations, the youth gazes outward in thoughtful determination.

Recent conservation treatment has returned the glazed terracotta sculpture to its former luminous brilliance.

Head of a youth, Style of Andrea della Robbia (Italian, 1435–1525), Glazed terracotta, Italian, Florence

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