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The Alessandri Madonna in the Sculpture Collection of the Berlin State Museums: ‘Fake’ or ‘Original’? Research and Restoration of a terracotta relief attributed to Luca della Robbia

 

Carsten Schneider


This article reports on a recent restoration of a work from the Sculpture Collection of the Berlin Museums. A painted terracotta lunette representing the Virgin and Child between two angels was attributed to Luca della Robbia in the early twentieth century, before being considered a nineteenth-century forgery and remaining confined to the museum’s depot for decades. The analysis shows that the object cannot date from the nineteenth century but rather from the fifteenth century.