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There is no historical document concerning the original purpose or intended location of the two San Lorenzo pulpits, which are, moreover, the subject of dispute in their present form.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 Info
The Resurrection Pulpit
1465
Marble and bronze, 123 x 292 cm
San Lorenzo, Florence


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


The Resurrection
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Christ before Pilate
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence


Christ before Caiaphas
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence


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


The Crucifixion
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence


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


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


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


Christ in Gethsemane
1460-65
Bronze
San Lorenzo, Florence


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



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



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