Giovanni Della Robbia’s famed relief sculpture “The Resurrection of Christ” is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum for the first time in two decades following a major restoration.
The Resurrection was created around the year 1520 and was commissioned by the Antinori family, which had been vintners in Tuscany since 1385. Nearly 400 years later, The Resurrection became the first Renaissance work to enter the Brooklyn Museum’s collection when it was acquired in 1899.
At nearly 12 feet long, The Resurrection originally adorned a wall of the Antinori family’s villa outside of Florence. The monumental work is made up of forty-six pieces, which come together to create a vision of faith and salvation unfolding amid a vibrant cornucopia of naturalistic plants, flowers and animals. Since the late 1990s, however, the colorful relief has not been on public view.
Now, after an extensive restoration in 2015, The Resurrection is finally going back on display. The project was funded by the same Antinori family whose ancestors originally commissioned the relief.
The Resurrection also serves as the inaugural installation in the Museum’s Focus Gallery. This new series serves to highlight important works in the Museum’s permanent collection and explore their histories. In this installation, an accompanying video provides insight into the lengthy restoration process The Resurrection underwent.
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.brooklynmuseum.org.