Luca della Robbia “La Visitazione”

in Pistoia, Italian Capital of culture 2017

21st July 2017 - 25th March 2018


From 21st July people from Pistoia can admire again one of the masterpiece of their town, which definitely will seduce visitors from all over the world in occasion of “Pistoia, Italian Capital of Culture 2017”. “La Visitazione” has just returned to Pistoia from Fine Arts Museum of Boston and from National Gallery of Washington. The sculpture will be exhibited until 7th January 2018, in the suggestive Saint Leone's Church, recently restored, thank to a diocese and superintendence.

“La Visitazione” was created around 1445 for the Church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas, where it was usually placed and where will return at the end of the exhibition. It is one of the first work in glazed terracotta, technique of which Della Robbia is considered the inventor.  The Florentine artist has been the first to apply a tin glaze covering in order to make the surface shiny and resistant, starting with a successfully production. The group represents the encounter between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, as the Luke Gospel tells.

On the occasion of this special staging the sculpture group will be exhibited in Saint Leone's Church, one of the most important examples of Baroque art in Pistoia, entirely frescoed. Vincenzo Meucci, undisputed protagonist of  the Florentine painting in the1700s, worked on the project between 1753 and  1764, joined by Giuseppe del Moro and Mauro Antonio Tesi.

In this fascinating context, visitors will be able to admire closely the majesty of glaze, fully recovered in its candour, and to observe the warm embrace between Mary and Elizabeth not only from their usual frontal view, but from different perspectives.

The juxtaposition between the traditional forms of  “La Visitazione”, which is expression of the most pure humanism and the light and theatrical Meucci's painting could be maybe appear reckless, but both are exalted by the dialogue created between different arts and periods.

“La Visitazione” can be visited from 10.00am to 5.00pm.


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