Marco (fra Mattia) della Robbia
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This large glazed terracotta lunette was originally made for the church of San Romano in Lucca (now deconsecrated) and is currently housed in San Frediano in Lucca. It was made by Marco della Robbia, one of the sons of Andrea della Robbia who continued in the family business. Andrea and his children were ardent followers of Savonarola, including Marco, who became an observant Dominican, taking the name Fra Mattia. San Romano was a Dominican church and a centre for Savonarolan piety. There is nothing, however, particularly Savonarolan about this lovely and rather decorative work, festive with multiple rich garlands and putti, as well as with the complex folds of drapery, curling hair, and calligraphic swooping lines of Gabriel's belt. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.