Baptismal font

Baptismal font

Purchased from Signor G. de Ricco in 1892 for £13 17s 3d (350 lire)

Original:

Baptismal font
Ascribed to Antonio Federighi dei Tolomei (1420-83)
Second half of the 15th century
Marble
Chapel of St John the Baptist in Siena Cathedral, Italy

When this cast was acquired this font was ascribed to Jacopo della Quercia (about 1374-1438). It has since been given to his pupil Antonio Federighi who was capomaestro (chief architect) of Siena cathedral during the period 1450-80. The programme of the font represents a fusion of scenes from the Old Testament and from classical mythology: The Creation of Adam, the Creation of Eve, the Temptation, the Fall of Man, Adam blaming Eve, the Expulsion, Hercules and the Nemean Lion, Hercules and the Centaur. Around the base is a border of classicizing scenes with putti.