Madonna and Child with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Cristina da Bolsena, Francis, and Lawrence
Andrea della Robbia and Workshop
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This glazed terracotta altarpiece in Sant'Agata, Radicofani is one of many depicting the Madonna and Child and Saints made by Andrea della Robbia and his workshop. The very successful formula used here and across Tuscany was to depict the Madonna and Child and saints in brilliant white glaze, set against a blue ground, and framed by classical architecture (in this case enlivened by three-dimensional and multi-coloured fruit in the pilasters). The more elevated figures are pure white, the mere border a more earthly polychromy. The Virgin Mary is emphasized here, larger than the other figures (especially if you imagine her standing), crowned by angels, and raised on a dias. A half-length Annunciation framed by saints is in the predella. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.