National Gallery of Art will display della Robbia family art

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The Visitation, c. 1445

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Gallery of Art is opening an exhibition displaying art from the Italian family famous for their ingenious sculpting, the della Robbias.

The della Robbia family of artists was a fifteenth and sixteenth century dynasty made up of Luca della Robbia, his nephew Andrea, and Andrea’s two sons. Luca’s research on new materials to sculpt with led to technical breakthroughs, like his innovation of glazing terracotta.

“As an Italian, I am proud that the works of Luca della Robbia and his contemporaries are the subject of an exhibition all to themselves which brings them once again to the attention of the US public,” said the Ambassador of Italy to the US Armando Varricchio. “Their ingenuity, creativity and capacity for innovation are their hallmarks, and perfectly reflect some of Italy’s distinctive qualities.”

Some of Luca della Robbia’s most famous work will be on display, including his sculptures Madonna and Child and The Visitation. 

The exhibition will be open to the public through June 4.