Following its debut at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington from February 5 through June 4, 2017. Organized by the MFA in association with the Gallery, it is the first major American exhibition dedicated to works by three generations of the Della Robbia family and their competitors.
More than 500 years after their creation, Della Robbia terracotta sculptures endure as some of the most innovative and expressive examples of art from the Italian Renaissance. Some 40 examples illustrate the range of sculptural types produced by the workshop—Madonna and Child reliefs, architectural decoration, portraits, household statuettes, and large-scale figures in the round. While drawn chiefly from American collections, the exhibition also includes six major loans from Italy, among them Luca’s masterpiece, The Visitation (c. 1445). On loan from the church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas in Pistoia, the work is traveling to the United States for the first time for the exhibition’s two venues.
The exhibition is made possible by Altria Group on behalf of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and by Marchesi Antinori S.p.A. Major support is provided by Sally Engelhard Pingree and The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and the Buffy and William Cafritz Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art.