Della Robbia at the MFA
Hot summer days call for a retreat to the cool marbled halls of a museum. One of our favorite ways to spend a hot afternoon (or a snowy or rainy day for that matter!) is wandering the corridors of the MFA, stopping at the cafe for a little lunch and maybe a glass of wine, followed by a little more wandering and perhaps a browse through the gift shop. ;)
A current exhibition focuses on the glazed terracotta sculpture from the Della Robbia family. The particular glazing technique was invented in the 15th century by Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482), who later shared the secrets of the technique with nephew who passed it down to his sons. The style of sculpture is characterized by brilliant whites and deep blues. The exhibition of 50 objects is on view through December 4th. Find out more here.
Saint John the Baptist, Giovanni Francesco Rustici (Italian, Florentine, 1474–1554), About 1505–15
Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim, Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.