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Giovanni della Robbia

Ceramicist Grand nephew of Luca

Tabernacle in SS. Apostoli

Giovanni della Robbia (1469–1529), son of Andrea della Robbia and great nephew of Luca della Robbia, continued in the glazed terracotta tradition of his elders. He often worked with his father, whose style is very similar, making works hard to attribute to one or the other, especially as Giovanni often copied the older della Robbia works. He did begin to sign his terracottas, however, when others began to copy his stuff, much of which is located outside Florence, notably his colourful terracottas for the Ospedale del Ceppo in Pistoia.

His other works are at Santa Maria Novella, Santi Apostoli, San Salvatore al Monte, the Bargello, the Museum of Sacred Art in Scarperia and the Certosa del Galluzzo.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: SS Apostoli