(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)
Ascension of St John1428-43
Polychrome stucco, diameter 215 cm
Old Sacristy, San Lorenzo, Florence
In the pendentive roundels the harshness of the scheme is sharpened by a daring experiment in perspective which creates large spaces in which human figures and architectural details take on dramatic effects of light and shade.
In the tondo showing the Ascension of St John, the actual main events are taking place on the upper edge of the relief. Otherwise, the composition is dominated by a complicated depiction of architecture, within which a very diverse gathering of observers is watching the miraculous events with astonishment. In contrast to the other reliefs, we get a worm's-eye view of the scene. The power of the ascension is being emphasized by the foreshortenings.