Andrea della Robbia and Workshop
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This glazed terracotta statue (in San Pietro, Radicofani) was originally paired with a statue of the Angel Gabriel, making an Annunciation. Andrea della Robbia and his workshop made several such Annunciation pairs for churches in the territory around Siena in the late quattrocento and early cinquecento. A century earlier, Jacopo della Quercia, Francesco di Valbrino and others made Annunciation pairs out of wood, which were richly painted in a panoply of colours and then sometimes dressed further in actual clothing (a process facilitated by joints in the elbows). The Della Robbia versions follow this older local tradition, but substitute pure white glaze. Some scholars have suggested that those executed in the early Cinquecento, such as this one and the pair in the Musée Jacquemart-André, which are broader, heavily draped figures, express the well-documented Savonarolan piety of Andrea della Robbia and his family. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.