(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)

St Cosmas and St Damian

Polychrome terracotta, 215 x 180 cm
Old Sacristy, San Lorenzo, Florence

Chronologically close together and perhaps the first works executed for the Sacristy are the two arched reliefs in polychrome terracotta above the doors, in which, especially between St Stephen and St Lawrence, the dramatic force of the disputation reaches a disturbing pitch. The pliability of the material, terracotta and stucco, was in itself suitable for creating a charged and uneasy atmosphere.

The twin brothers Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of the doctors (medici in Italian) and apothecaries, in the Old Sacristy of San Lorenzo, call to mind the two patron saints of the Medici family. Here they appear turned towards each other in conversation.