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Della Robbia

Florentine family of sculptors and ceramists famous for their majolica bas-reliefs. Luca Della Robbia (around 1400-1482) is the founder of the atelier. He perfected a process for making clay reliefs and figures permanent by glazing them. Originally, these were figures on a blue background (his medallions and reliefs of the Madonna and Child are especially notable). He later added glazes of many colours, especially green and yellow, to the bas-reliefs, usually with a wreath of fruit and flowers surrounding the figures. Many of the Della Robbia terra-cottas are still in their original settings on buildings in Florence and Siena.



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