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Glazed - The Legacy of The Della Robbia: Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021

21 October - 18 November 2016
MORETTI FINE ART IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE GLAZED: THE LEGACY OF THE DELLA ROBBIA, A SELLING EXHIBITION IN COLLABORATION WITH SOTHEBY'S, TO BE INSTALLED IN THE NEW YORK AUCTION HOUSE HEADQUARTERS FROM 21 OCTOBER THROUGH 18 NOVEMBER 2016. THE EXHIBITION WILL SHOWCASE 19 INSTANTLY-RECOGNIZABLE SCULPTURES BY THE DELLA ROBBIA FAMILY OF ITALIAN MASTER SCULPTORS, EXPLORING BOTH SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS THEMES OF RENAISSANCE FLORENCE.
KNOWN FOR THEIR DISTINCTIVE COLORS AND INGENIOUS GLAZING TECHNIQUES, THE DELLA ROBBIAS WERE GRAND INNOVATORS FROM THE SECOND HALF OF THE 15TH THROUGH THE 16TH CENTURIES IN ITALY. THE FAMILY LEGACY BEGAN WITH LUCA DELLA ROBBIA, WHO WAS RANKED AMONG THE TOP ARTISTS OF THE TIME ALONGSIDE MICHELANGELO, LEONARDO AND BOTTICELLI. HE SECURED COMMISSIONS FROM THE WEALTHIEST FAMILIES THROUGHOUT ITALY, WHILE CREATING WORKS FOR THE FLORENCE CATHEDRAL AND THE PAZZI PALACE. HIS TECHNIQUES AND LEGACY WERE CARRIED ON BY SEVERAL MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY INCLUDING HIS NEPHEW, ANDREA DELLA ROBBIA, AND GREAT-NEPHEW, GIOVANNI DELLA ROBBIA – ALL OF WHOM ARE REPRESENTED THROUGHOUT THIS EXHIBITION. 

 

Catalogue edited by
Giancarlo Gentilini
Andrew Butterfield