d. 1482, Firenze)
Giovanni Fuorcivitas, Pistoia
Luca della Robbia is famous
a glazed terra-cotta in such a way that it made it resistant to damage
from exposure to the outside such as wind and rain.
Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to
a city of Judah,
and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among
and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
The "Meeting of Mary and
was made in this process and quite remarkable given that it's fully
terra-cotta had long been used as earthenware, della Robbia popularized
it for sculpture and this made it much cheaper to create when compared
to marble. The trick was, as I understand it, a bit of metal ore was
to the clay before firing.
gained popularity in fifteenth-century Florence and became a specialty
of the della Robbia family studio -- as it was passed down from
of Mary and Elisabeth after Luca della Robbia
Sketch for the Joyful Mysteries, The Annunciation - The Virgin's Drapery