You stood in line for a long, long time with the aim of gazing at the wonder that is David, sculpted by Michelangelo. Having achieved this goal, you leave the Gallery dell’Accademia, and turn to your right, just to see what is a little further down this street. You may notice a doorway like this, tucked inside a colonnaded building. It is part of the University of Florence.
One of the schools housed here is that of the Academy of the Arts of Drawing.
Another is the Academy of Fine Arts and Artistic High School.
And, finally, the Faculty of Architecture.
What really attracted my attention were these terracotta semi-circles above the doors. Are they really della Robbia*, or facsimiles?
Does anyone happen to know if they are originals?
(*) della Robbia: when you are thinking of glazed terracotta, this surname can refer to Luca, who developed the technique, his nephew Andrea or great-nephew Giovanni.
Here is an example of a work by Andrea della Robbia, which you can see on the façade of the Ospedale degli Innocenti, Piazza SS Annunziata in Florence.