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Madonna del roseto by Luca della Robbia

Luca della Robbia was a ceramics master and Italian sculptor

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Madonna del Roseto, a late work by Luca della Robbia, is a pleasant composition and, as the art historian Roberto Longhi says, it is still infused with “medieval classicism”. He wants to highlight the realism of actions, forms and feelings. The linear rhythm and courtly simplicity of the structure becomes a clear contemplation of truth, which was ultimately alienated from formal details.

The sculpture is located in the Bargello Museum in Florence.
madonna del roseto della robbia
madonna del roseto della robbia
Luca della Robbia (Florence, 1400-1481) was a ceramics master and Italian sculptor. He was the first artist to have brought ceramic art to the same level as the other figurative and visual arts. His works have the beauty and expressiveness of other contemporary works by Donatello, Verrocchio and Sandro Botticelli.
In 1414, Luca began his training in the workshop of Nanni di Banco. A year later, he travelled to Venice to learn the art of glass blowing, mosaics and terracotta. After the death of Nanni di Banco, he moved to Donatello’s workshop, where he became friends with Brunelleschi.
In 1427, he learned to work gold and make wax sculptures. In 1432, he enrolled in the school Arte dei Maestri di Pietra e di Legname, and became a master sculptor. In 1439, he renounced sculpture and dedicated himself entirely to ceramics. This is when he began working for the Medici family, who commissioned many works of a religious and sacred theme. His artworks can be seen in many churches in and around Florence.
He died in 1481 of kidney failure, and was buried in the San Pier Maggiore church, which was demolished in 1783.
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