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The Christ Child

The Christ Child
Accession number: 7702-1861

Workshop of Andrea della Robbia, The Christ Child

Florence, c.1490-1510

glaze kiln fired clay (terracotta

This life-size figure of Christ as a toddler, his hand raised in blessing, could have been placed above a doorway. His graceful pose and serene expression contrast with the realism of his chubby legs. A faint pinkish glow from the terracotta, visible through the brilliant white glaze, makes Christ’s presence in human form seem even more plausible.

Victoria and Albert Museum, 7702-1861

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