A Renaissance Putto Playing the Lute, Italian, 16th century
A Renaissance Putto Playing the Lute, Italian, 16th century
A Renaissance Putto Playing the Lute, Italian, 16th century
A Renaissance Putto Playing the Lute, Italian, 16th century
A Renaissance Putto Playing the Lute, Italian, 16th century

A Renaissance Putto Playing the Lute, Italian, 16th century

c. 1520 Florence

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​​​​​​​Italian, first half 16th century
Possibly workshop of Giovanni della Robbia
(Florence 1469-1529)
Polychromed terracotta
Dimensions: the figure 47.5cm., 18 3/4 in., 52cm., 20 1/2 in. overall.

Related Literature:
Cambareri, Marietta. 'Della Robbia: Sculpting with Colour in Renaissance Florence' (MFA Publications, Boston, 2016), p.64
Gentilini, Giancarlo. 'I della Robbia' (Cantini, Milan, 1992), p.303
Marquand, Alan. 'Giovanni della Robbia' (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1920), p.84-85, fig.44
Marquand, Alan. 'Andrea della Robbia and his Atelier' (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1922), p.110, fig.196
Pope-Hennessy, John. Luca della Robbia (Phaidon, Oxford, 1980), plates 7, 16

This terracotta figure of a naked boy or putto playing a lute is typical of Florentine Renaissance sculpture in both subject matter and material. The contraposto stance of the present figure is characteristic of Florentine sculptors’ attention to classical form, based on the study of antique statuary. This anatomical equilibrium is expressed in the manner in which the figure places his weight on his left side (which holds the weight of the lute), while his right foot is raised in the air in order to counterbalance the opposing force.

A thermoluminescence analysis report from Oxford Authentication Ltd confirms that all three samples taken from the present figure are consistent with the proposed dating.

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