Della Robbia: Virgin and child with lilies
Post #982 • April 4, 2007, 12:01 PM • 16 Comments
Boston—I don't know what challenges a sure attribution of this piece - visually, I say it passes. The acanthus-like pattern on the lilies appears in other della Robbias and the feeling in the faces is right, although I guess I could be talked into a certain awkwardness in the background figures. In Donatello to Giambologna it shows alongside traditional folk maiolica, kitschy but charming, and demonstrates how the della Robbia workshop refined the technique to unprecedented levels of aesthetic achievement. In fact, high-end maiolica techniques all but died with the workshop and they could not be replicated again for a couple of hundred years.