As you may know, Slater Memorial Museum is preparing to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime project -- restoring the building’s original 135-year-old roof.

In 2016, the Florentine artist Luca della Robbia’s glazed terracotta Visitation left Italy for the first time. Bound first for Boston and then for Washington, D.C., the sculpture was a star loan in the in the 2016-17 exhibition “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” jointly organized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.