TINO DI CAMAINO
(b. ca. 1285, Siena, d. ca. 1337, Napoli)
Marble, height 136 cm
Museo Bardini, Florence
This heroic figure, an earth-mother type, is one of the first portrayals of Charity nursing. Shallowly carved in a plane and with an unfinished back, it was probably meant for a niche. Her casual posture has never been properly ascertained, and it is usually stated that she is sitting.