Boys Playing on Drums - Item #187
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
42 Inches High x 38 Inches Wide
This relief is part of the Cantoria, or Singing Gallery, created for the organ loft in Florence Cathedral. Instead of housing the organ, it eventually served as a home for the choir singers during services. The Cantoria is the first documented work of Luca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482). His ten panels depict the 150th Psalm, which refer to different ways of praising the Lord. Two years after he started his commission, Donatello was commissioned to create another cantoria to complement della Robbia's. The della Robbia Cantoria originally hung above the door to the North Sacristy and Donatello's above the door to the South Sacristy, but both were dismantled in 1688 and later moved to the Museo dell' Opera del Duomo. (For della Robbia's other Cantoria reliefs, see Items #185, 186, and 221. For Donatello's Cantoria, see Items #47 to 50.)
Artist: Luca della Robbia
Museum: Museo dell' Opera del Duomo, Florence
Origin: Florence Cathedral (also known as Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, and Il Duomo di Firenze), Florence
Time Period: Renaissance, 1431-1438
1911 Catalog ID # - 8354
"Cantoria (singers' gallery) of the Florence Cathedral." Web Gallery of Art, http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/r/robbia/luca/cantoria/index.html.
"High Museum of Art Brings Luca Della Robbia's Marble Cantoria Panels to the U.S. for the First Time." Press release. High Museum of Art, 30 December 2013, https://www.high.org/Press-Release/high-museum-of-art-brings-luca-della-robbias-marble-cantoria-panels-to-the-u-s-for-the-first-time/.
Soden, Oliver. "How Luca della Robbia Melded Music and Sculpture in His Organ Loft." Book review. The Art Newspaper. 6 July 2015, http://old.theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/books/how-luca-della-robbia-melded-music-and-sculpture-in-his-organ-loft/.