tuscany style


Santi francescani (Franciscan Saints)

  • Artista / Artist: Andrea Della Robbia (1435 - 1525)
  • Data dell’opera / Date of the work: 1493/1495
  • Tipo dell’opera / Medium: terracotta invetriata / Glassified Terracotta
  • Collocazione / Placement: Spedale degli Innocenti, Firenze, Toscana / Hospital of the Innocents, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
  • Stile / Style: rinascimento / Renaissance

The Hospital was built between 1417 and 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi and other architects, and decorated in the late 15th century by Andrea Della Robbia. It was a children’s orphanage, hence the name.

Fun fact: the name “Hospital of the Innocents” was quite common for Central Italian orphanages in the past centuries. Many descendants of those orphans still bear the surname “Degli Innocenti”, which was given to the abandoned children.