Pulpit

Pulpit

Purchased from Messrs Franchi and Son in 1864 for £116 13s 4d

Original:

Pulpit
Nicola Pisano (about 1220-before 1284)
Dated 1260
Marble
The Baptistry, Pisa, Italy

Inscribed beneath the relief of the Last Judgement: ANNO MILLENO BIS CENTUM BISQUE TRICENO HOC OPUS INSINGNE SCULPSIT NICOLA PISANUS LAUDETUR DINGNE TAM BENE DOCTA MANUS (In the year 1260, Nicola Pisano carved this noble work. May so greatly gifted a hand be praised as it deserves). Between the lower and upper section of the pulpit is an archivolt formed of trilobe arches with pierced cusps; in the spandrels, reliefs of the Prophets and the Evangelists. At the corners: Charity, Fortitude, Temperance, Prudence, St John the Baptist, and Faith. Upper Section: The Annunciation, Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds, The Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, The Crucifixion, The Last Judgement.