This beautiful Della Robbia ceramic plaque is hand made in Italy.
It is signed with the artist logo and marked "made in Italy" on the back.
It has two holes on the top border to be hanged.
It can be placed outdoors in the garden or in the home for decoration (in Italy you actually see these pieces outdoors, cemented to the wall, as a benediction to the house, since people have them blessed).
The vibrant colors will not fade with time.
It is a reproduction of one of the famous tondos in glazed terracotta, by Andrea Della Robbia on the Loggia of the Ospedale degli Innocenti (1419, Piazza S.S. Anunziata, Florence). The Ospedale was the first institution of its kind in Italy and Europe and it still serves as an orphanage today, as well as the local nursery school.
It was created to take care of and bring up orphans and abandoned children as well as give them a trade.
On the left of the portico one can see an inscription above a small closed window, decorated by two puttos (babies). It is there as a reminder of the "wheel", which functioned until 1875, where mothers placed their unwanted babies when they were unable to bring them up. Today the last name "Degli Innocenti", in its various forms, can still be said to have originated from here.
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