GIOVANNI D'AGOSTINO
(b. 1311, Siena, d. ca. 1348, Siena)

Hexagonal font (detail)

1332-33
Marble
Santa Maria del Pieve, Arezzo

The picture shows one of the reliefs, the Angel Appearing to St John, on the hexagonal font in the Santa Maria del Pieve in Arezzo. The feeling of spiritual intensity is increased by the heavy crudity of the carving and by the rudimentary anatomical structure of the figures. The result is a naive lyricism that, to modern eyes, is moving in the extreme.