Dovizia, late 15th–early 16th century
Workshop of Giovanni della Robbia (Italian, Florentine, 1469–1529/30)
Glazed terracotta; H. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, 1922 (22.16.6)
Ten surviving statuettes are reinterpretations of an important Florentine civic monument by Donatello installed on a column in the city's Mercato Vecchio about 1430 and known as Dovizia (Abundance). They were produced in the workshop of the della Robbia family and intended for domestic settings. The original's iconography of civic abundance became domestic abundance—with the statuettes bringing wishes for economic prosperity and the birth of children. Comparisons with other examples show that this Dovizia has lost a figure of a young boy originally attached at the woman's side and that the base may have been intended to include an inscription wishing the home good fortune and riches.