Happy birthday to the influential English art critic John Ruskin, born on this d…

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Happy birthday to the influential English art critic John Ruskin, born on this day in 1819. Later in life, Ruskin became an admirer of Renaissance glazed terracotta sculpture. He called it “delightful to the truest lovers of art in all nations and all ranks.” Ruskin purchased Andrea Della Robbia’s “Adoration of the Child” in 1877, describing the relief as “quite one of the most precious things I have.” What about this work captures your attention?

See this work in the Gallery’s exhibition “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” now on view in the West Building.

Andrea della Robbia, “Adoration of the Child (The Ruskin Madonna),” after 1477, glazed terracotta, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection




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