The pulpits of the San Lorenzo in Florence
by DONATELLO

During the last years of his life, as long as he was still capable, Donatello appears to have continued work on the pulpits of San Lorenzo. There are many open questions regarding the authorship and the original purpose of the individual relief panels. However, the pulpits are another passionate example of the singular art of Donatello. here we find all the typical characteristics and particular features that were hallmarks of the master's earlier works.

Due to its iconography - including reliefs of Christ in Limbo, the Resurrection, the Ascension of Christ, the Women at the Tomb, the Miracle of Pentecost and the Martyrdom of St Lawrence - the northern pulpit is known as the Resurrection Pulpit. The southern pulpit, known as Passion Pulpit, contains depictions of the Flagellation, St John the Evangelist, Christ in Gethsemane, Christ before Caiaphas and Pilate, as well as the Crucifixion, Deposition of Christ and Burial of Christ.

There are clear differences between the two pulpits. The very size of the pictures is different, the number of reliefs varies and the individual parts of the framework have little in common.

There is no historical document concerning the original purpose or intended location of the two San Lorenzo pulpits, which are, moreover, the subject of dispute in their present form. What is certain is that they were not erected on their colourful marble columns until quite late, presumably during the 16th century.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Resurrection Pulpit
1465
Marble and bronze, 123 x 292 cm
San Lorenzo, Florence

1000*1288
True Color
225 Kb



Resurrection Pulpit (detail)
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1514*702
Grayscale
185 Kb



The Resurrection
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1061*850
True Color
234 Kb



The Ascension of Christ
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1006*950
True Color
255 Kb



The Martyrdom of St Lawrence
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1329*1000
True Color
219 Kb



The Women at the Tomb
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1000*1237
True Color
239 Kb



The Resurrection Pulpit
1465
Marble and bronze, 123 x 292 cm
San Lorenzo, Florence

1266*900
True Color
169 Kb



The Passion Pulpit
1460-65
Marble and bronze, 137 x 280 cm
San Lorenzo, Florence

1013*1300
True Color
207 Kb



The Passion Pulpit
1460-65
Marble and bronze, 137 x 280 cm
San Lorenzo, Florence

1000*1200
True Color
198 Kb



Christ before Pilate and Caiaphas
1460s
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

662*744
True Color
185 Kb



Christ before Pilate
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

894*1200
True Color
233 Kb



Christ before Caiaphas
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

895*1200
True Color
240 Kb



The Crucifixion and the Deposition of Christ
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1429*690
Grayscale
184 Kb



The Crucifixion
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1250*867
True Color
252 Kb



The Deposition of Christ
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1230*900
True Color
238 Kb



The Deposition of Christ (detail)
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

800*1065
True Color
234 Kb



The Burial of Christ
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

1304*900
True Color
221 Kb



Christ in Gethsemane
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence

950*1133
True Color
233 Kb



The Passion Pulpit
1460-65
Marble and bronze, 137 x 280 cm
San Lorenzo, Florence

1278*900
True Color
201 Kb




Summary of sculptures by Donatello
Early works
John XXIII | David | Duomo | Orsanmichele | Siena | Various
Mature works
Cantoria | Basilica di Santo | Prato Pulpit | San Lorenzo | Various
Late works
Judith and Holofernes | Pulpits of San Lorenzo | Various