RUSTICI, Giovanni Francesco
(b. 1475, Firenze, d. 1554, Tours)

Noli me tangere

c. 1520
Glazed terracotta, 230 x 200 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

The Noli me tangere was modelled by Rustici in the classical style for the monastery of Santa Lucia at Camporeggi, and then glazed in white on a golden yellow ground by Giovanni della Robbia. It is an example of the relations Giovanni della Robbia maintained with sculptors working in Florence in the early Cinquecento. The unique yellow sky distinguishes the work from Giovanni's own oeuvre.