(b. 1397, Firenze, d. 1475, Firenze)

Birth of Christ

Stained glass window
Duomo, Florence

Not long after the Monument to Sir John Hawkwood, the Opera del Duomo commissioned from Paolo the designs for three stained-glass windows (the Resurrection, the Birth of Christ and the Annunciation destroyed in 1828) for the oculi of the drum of the dome, as well as the decoration for the clockface on the inner façade of the Cathedral.

In the cartoons for the stained-glass windows, we find quite clearly the influence of Ghiberti and Donatello. In the Birth of Christ the composition is constructed according to a basically old-fashioned pattern.