Giovanni della Robbia
Giovanni della Robbia, (born
May 19, 1469, Florence [Italy]—died 1529), Florentine sculptor,
son of Andrea della Robbia and grandnephew of Luca della Robbia
who, upon the death of his father in 1525, assumed control of
the family workshop.
Giovanni’s early works, of
which the most remarkable are a lavabo in the sacristy of Santa
Maria Novella, Florence (1497), and medallions in the Loggia di
San Paolo (1490–95), were executed in collaboration with or
under the strong influence of his father. His most ambitious
work is a frieze with representations of the works of mercy on
the Ospedale del Ceppo at Pistoia (1525–29), in which he was
assisted by his pupils Benedetto Buglioni (1461–1521) and Santi
Giovanni’s younger brother,
Girolamo (1488–1566), was trained in Andrea’s studio and
collaborated with his father and brother until he moved to
France (c. 1527–28), where he was employed on the terra-cotta
decoration of the demolished Château de Madrid. After the death
of Francis I (1547), Girolamo returned to Florence, but some
years later (1559) he resumed his work at the Château de Madrid
and at Fontainebleau and was employed on the monuments of
Francis II and Catherine de Médicis at Saint-Denis.
Giovanni della Robbia.