Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Antila
Andrea della Robbia and Workshop
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This glazed terracotta lunette, originally made for the Pieve of Santa Maria in Montepulciano and currently housed in the Museo Civico, follows a standard format that Luca and Andrea della Robbia used repeatedly (e.g. in the Loggia of the Accademia in Florence). While images of John the Baptist are common, the depiction of St. Antila is rare. She was supposedly the daughter of the Emperor Teodosius, who was exorcised by the bishop of Arezzo, where she was in the Renaissance the focus of devotion. After refusing an offer of marriage from a local dignitary, St. Antila was tortured and decapitated. The relic of her head, which she holds in this depiction, is housed in the Cathedral of Montepulciano, which explains why an Aretine saint is depicted here. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.