The immediately recognisable works with their white and cerulean colours have become synonymous with Florence and Tuscany since the mid 15th century, when Luca della Robbia
(1400-82) invented a new type of glazed terracotta (described in Italian as terra invetriata).
Liverpool philanthropist Harold Rathbone had been impressed by the sculpting methods used by Luca della Robbia
and his nephew, Andrea.
The Caccia painting is one of about 70 works in the exhibit, which include standout pieces by Luca della Robbia
, Fra Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Durer, Titian, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt.
Luca della Robbia
's fifteenth-century relief also served as a representation of the first liberal art on the Florentine campanile (Figure 2), but moves away from the abstract allegory, which focuses on discipline for unruly children, and instead portrays a more historical scene, in which a master of grammar is shown reading and commenting on a classical text with adolescent male students with distinct features and strong, healthy bodies.
Dressler had worked towards perfecting Luca Della Robbia
's sculptures in clay and enamels, which had become hugely popular with influential followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, such as John Ruskin, Holman Hunt and George Frederick Watts.
It emphasises the creative initiative of four artists in particular who 'founded' the Florentine artistic project of the first half of the 15th Century: Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Luca della Robbia
. All of them flourished within the exhibition's chronological boundaries, between the competition for the design of the Florentine Baptistery north doors in 1401 (in which Ghiberti triumphed over Brunelleschi)--each of the competitor's 'Sacrifice of Isaac' for the doors is on display--and the deaths of Cosimo de' Medici the Elder and Donatello in the 1460s.
Altre porte bronzee fiorentine vanno ricordate: quelle della Sagrestia delle Messe in Duomo, opera della meta del Quattrocento, di Luca della Robbia
, e le due porte della brunelleschiana Sagrestia Nuova a San Lorenzo, su disegno di Donatello.
Otra cuestion es la de ese "renacer" como motivo decorativo all'antico en el seno del taller de los Della Robbia (56); desde luego, nada mas genuinamente florentino en el Quattrocento que Luca della Robbia
y sus obras en barro cocido, vidriado y policromado, que tienen su continuidad, notoriamente acrecentada y divulgada, mas alla de la calidad y cualidad artisticas de las piezas, por parte de su sobrino y heredero Andrea della Robbia; prolongandose este activo taller con Giovanni della Robbia y otros miembros de la familia hasta bien entrado el siglo XVI.
Additionally, a frieze surrounding the painting was a reproduction of Luca della Robbia
's "Cantoria," and appears to be the only known full reproduction of his 15th century masterpiece.
With competing attributions to Donatello and Luca della Robbia
, the Madonna of the Apple (fig.
Harold Rathbone and Conrad Dressler founded the factory in 1894 where they made work inspired by the work of Luca Della Robbia
, a Florentine sculptor.
8), Luca della Robbia
the Younger's Adoring Angel (cat.