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Robbia Lucadella

Robbia, Luca della (1400-82), sculptor, was born at Florence, where he studied under Ser Giovanni, an eminent goldsmith. He abandoned the goldsmith's art, however, and turned to sculpture, and after working in bronze for some years, he perceived the advantages of terra-cotta, and introduced a new enamelled ware which now bears his name. The secret of its manufacture was confined to his family, and died out before the end of the 16th century. Robbia executed many works, of which excellent specimens may be seen in South Kensington Museum.