Terracotta, Italian XVIc cat. card dims H 27 x L 8 x W 12'; Figure carries on her head a basket filled with fruit and in her hand a brimming cornucopia. Little boy at her feet turns to her for protection from a barking dog. Blue gown with golden yellow decoration; yellow, green and violet fruit.

Dovizia, c. 1520

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Since ancient times, a female figure carrying fruit has personified abundance or wealth (dovizia in Italian). This colorful ceramic statuette is based on a famous Renaissance sculpture by Donatello (1386–1466) that once towered over the market square in Florence. Donatello’s Dovizia advertised agricultural products while celebrating the ideal of public prosperity through trade. Della Robbia’s small version, meant for a private home, embodies the idea of happy family life as well as wealth. The inscription turns a verse from the Psalms of David into a blessing: GLORIA ET DIVITI[A]E IN DOMO TVA (Honor and wealth [shall be] in your home).

Details
Title
Dovizia
Artist Life
1469-1529/1530
Role
Maker
Accession Number
15.211
Curator Approved

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Terracotta, Italian XVIc cat. card dims H 27 x L 8 x W 12'; Figure carries on her head a basket filled with fruit and in her hand a brimming cornucopia. Little boy at her feet turns to her for protection from a barking dog. Blue gown with golden yellow decoration; yellow, green and violet fruit.