Della Robbia family (1400-1556) by Scholes, Robert
Della Robbia family (1400 – 1556) Florentine artists, led by Luca, who was follwed by his nephew and student Andrea, and Andrea’s two sons, the Della Robbias specialized in ceramic sculpture. Luca (c.1400-1482) originated glazed terra-cotta bas-reliefs, usually with white figures on a blue ground.. His delicate reliefs were mostly of religious subjects. He initially worked in white and blue but later added glazes of many colors, especially green and yellow on a wreath of fruits and flowers around the figures. His terra-cottas were individual pieces of art, built into walls to serve in architectural contexts.