PISANO, Andrea
(b. ca. 1290, Pontedera, d. ca. 1348, Orvieto)

Relief from the south side of the Campanile: 5. Weaving (lower register)

1334-37
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence

This relief is one of the series showing human activities in the lower register of the socle of the Campanile, of which four are on the south side.

The influence of the woollen guild, which was responsible for the building's construction, can be seen in the representation of the art of weaving. It shows what must then have been a familiar sight in Florence, a woman seated working a loom with a female overseer beside her. The latter may, alternatively, represent the goddess Minerva who was patroness of spinners and weavers.