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Rare della Robbia exhibit celebrates Renaissance art, family and faith


The Catholic Church has not adopted an official style of art. The ingenuity of gifted artists of faith continues to inspire with new forms and new media.

A wonderful example is the current exhibit of 15th century painted and glazed terra cotta by Robbia family is currently on display at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

“Breathing life into clay, Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) was a true Renaissance innovator. He combined baked terracotta with painting by perfecting new modeling techniques and glaze recipes in one-of-a-kind, expressive, lustrous, long-lasting sculptures. From molds he customized the same compositions to meet the tastes and means of different patrons.”

Get the full story from Jem Sullivan here from the Catholic News Service by way of


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