Although Luca della Robbia also worked in marble, bronze, and wood, he is best known for introducing enameled terracotta sculpture circa 1440 and for founding a family dynasty of sculptors working in this medium. Typical of his terracotta sculpture, this relief is one of four versions of the so-called Genoa Madonna (one of which was originally in Genoa), each with slight differences in their modeling and expression.
Artist Luca della Robbia, Italian, 1399-1482
  • Madonna and Child
  • The Genoa Madonna (alternate title)
Date between 1445 and 1450
Medium Enameled terracotta
Dimensions Unframed: 19 1/2 × 14 1/2 inches (49.5 × 36.8 cm)
Framed: 40 × 29 1/2 inches, 42 pounds (101.6 × 74.9 cm, 19.1 kg)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 29.355
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W241, Level 2 (see map)
(Dr. Eduard Simon, Berlin, Germany);
1929-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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