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  • Annunciation 

    Francesco di Valdambrino
    Francesco di Valdambrino, Jacopo della Quercia, and other Sienese artists made many of these pairs of large (almost life-size) statues of the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, possibly to stand in niches on either side ...
  • Innocents 

    Andrea della Robbia
    These glazed terracotta depictions of babies in various degrees of swaddling were made to fit the pre-existing roundels in Brunelleschi's famous Renaissance loggia of the Ospedale degli Innocenti. The babies are the Innocents ...
  • Crucifix 

    Donatello
    Over a century after this crucifix was made (c. 1408), Vasari recounted an anecdote about this crucifix. The tale goes that when Brunelleschi saw this crucifix, he said that Christ looked like a farmer. Donatello challenged ...
  • Frieze at the Villa Medici at Poggio a Caiano 

    Bertoldo di Giovanni and Andrea Sansovino, attributed to
    Lorenzo de'Medici commissioned the villa at Poggio a Caiano from Giuliano da Sangallo around 1485. This glazed terracotta frieze, commissioned around 1490, was originally located on the entablature of the façade's portico. ...
  • Virgin and Child with Saints Cosmas and Damian 

    Andrea della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta altarpiece by Andrea della Robbia was commissioned by Francesco Sassetti for his chapel in the Badia Fiesolana. The reconstruction of the Badia was financed by Cosimo de' Medici and completed in 1466. ...
  • Christ in the Sepulchre, Adored by Saints and Angels 

    Andrea della Robbia and workshop
    This glazed terracotta altarpiece adorns a side altar in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli at the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna. At the center of the image is the dead Christ in the sepulchre, whose limp body is ...
  • Crucifix 

    Benedetto Buglioni
    This glazed terracotta Crucifix, installed over the high altar of the church of San Miniato al Monte, is attributed to Benedetto Buglioni by Marquand and Gentilini. It bears the hallmarks of Buglioni's style and can be ...
  • The Nativity with Saints Francis and Anthony of Padua 

    Andrea della Robbia and workshop
    This glazed terracotta altarpiece of the Nativity adorns a side altar in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli at the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna. The Christ Child, in the center of the image, is adored by the Virgin ...
  • Madonna della Cintola 

    Andrea della Robbia
    The oldest church at the sanctuary of La Verna was begun in 1216, when the Virgin, together with Saints John the Evangelist and John the Baptist, is said to have appeared to Saint Francis in a vision and instructed him to ...
  • Madonna del Rifugio (Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints Onuphrius, Anthony Abbot, Mary Magdalene, and Francis) 

    Workshop of Andrea della Robbia
    The altarpiece is known as the Madonna del Rifugio because of the words in the predella, a portion of an ancient prayer to the Virgin that describes the protection, or refuge, Christians seek in the holy mother of God. The ...
  • Stemma of the Arte della Lana 

    Workshop of Andrea della Robbia
    In 1432, Pope Eugenius IV placed the Observant monastery of La Verna under the protection of the Florentine wool guild, the Arte della Lana. Four members of this powerful guild were chosen as conservators, who had the ...
  • Madonna and Child 

    Workshop of Andrea della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta tondo of the Virgin and Child is attributed to the workshop of Andrea della Robbia and dates to around 1490-95. It was donated to the monastery of La Verna in 1929 by Countess Bastoggi of Valenzano ...
  • Saint Anthony Abbot 

    Andrea della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta relief of Saint Anthony Abbot, by Andrea della Robbia, is found in the Chiesa Maggiore of La Verna. The sculpture is on the right side of the arch around the high altar, and therefore would have ...
  • Saint Francis 

    Andrea della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta relief of Saint Francis, by Andrea della Robbia, is found in the Chiesa Maggiore of La Verna. The sculpture is on the left side of the arch around the high altar, and therefore would have complemented ...
  • The Ascension 

    Andrea della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta altarpiece of the Ascension was originally made for the high altar of the Chiesa Maggiore of La Verna. Because this space was under the patronage of the Medici family, it is likely that a member of ...
  • The Incarnation 

    Andrea della Robbia
    Andrea della Robbia's glazed terracotta Incarnation of c.1479 adorns the altar of the Brizi Chapel in the Chiesa Maggiore of La Verna. Enshrined within a stone tempietto on the right side of the church, it forms a visual ...
  • The Annunciation 

    Andrea della Robbia
    Dated around 1475, this is generally thought to be the earliest of the seven Della Robbia altarpieces made for the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna. The main church was devastated by a fire in 1472, and Andrea della Robbia's ...
  • Crucifixion 

    Andrea della Robbia
    This monumental altarpiece by Andrea della Robbia adorns the Chapel of the Stigmata at the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna. The chapel was built to commemorate the site where Saint Francis received the Stigmata, physical ...
  • The Annunciation 

    Andrea della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta lunette of the Annunciation is currently immured in the main cloister of the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence. Originally, it formed part of a multi-media altarpiece in a chapel of the hospital ...
  • Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints Barbara, James, John the Baptist, Lawrence, and Catherine of Alexandria 

    Giovanni della Robbia
    This glazed terracotta tabernacle stands in the heart of the modern city of Florence, at the intersection of via Nazionale and via dell'Ariento. It was commissioned in 1522 by the Reame di Beliemme ("Kingdom of Bethlehem"), ...

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