Delectable” isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind at a scholarly exhibition of the art of the past, but it seems both irresistible and completely appropriate for “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, now on view in D.C.1 The illuminating, eye-testing, beautifully installed exhibition surveys the work of three generations of the celebrated Tuscan family who invented a new kind of glazed terracotta sculpture in the fifteenth century and became known internationally for their polychrome pieces. The della Robbias’ work is defined by sensitively modeled figures,...

 

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