About the Artist
Andrea della Robbia (1435–1525) carried on the popular and lucrative production of terra-cotta sculpture covered with enamel glaze, a technique developed in the 1430s and 1440s by his uncle Luca. The glazed coating gave the colors of della Robbia's works a degree of durability impossible for sculpture that was simply painted. Their white-glazed figures, set off against deep blue grounds and sometimes surrounded by multicolored garlands of fruit or flowers (as in Adoration of the Child), were in demand as devotional images for churches, homes, and outdoor shrines.
This beautiful, three-dimensional, hand-painted Christmas ornament is based on the relief sculpture Madonna and Child with Cherubim by Andrea della Robbia from the Gallery's collection. The half-length treatment of the Virgin brings us close to the figures, whose attitudes combine tenderness and solemnity.
- Fully sculpted resin
- 3 inches
- Back side is flat and painted in off-white tone