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Cantoria

Luca della Robbia, Cantoria  (detail), 1431–1438. Marble,  Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) was a Florentine sculptor who was relatively unknown when he received the commission to create a cantoria, or “singing gallery,” for the Duomo Basilica in Florence. This high-relief sculpture includes images of children singing and dancing to the words of Ps 150. The detail seen here, from the right side of the gallery, shows several boys singing from a scroll. Their spirited voices are captured in the intense concentration in their faces. Notice the boy in the upper right corner who is not paying attention and appears to be bored.

Luca della Robbia, Cantoria  (detail), 1431–1438.

Ps 150

Praise for God's Surpassing Greatness
1Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!2Praise him for his mighty deeds;
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