Reliefs on the fašade of Orvieto Cathedral (1310-30)
by Lorenzo MAITANI

The Gothic fašade of the Orvieto Cathedral is one of the great masterpieces of the Late Middle Ages. The bas-reliefs on the piers depict biblical stories from the Old and New Testament. They are considered among the most famous of all 14th-century sculpture. These marbles from the fourteenth and fifteenth century are the collective and anonymous work of at least three or four masters with assistance of their workshops. It is assumed that Maitani must have worked on the reliefs on the first pier from the left, as work on the reliefs began before 1310. The contract of 1310 did allow Maitani to retain some assistants for the sculptural work on the fašade, but it seems likely that these craftsmen had already begun the work under the supervision of an earlier master. The reliefs on the second and third piers are by these craftsmen.

Preview Picture Data Info
Reliefs on the piers
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 1
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 1 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 2
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 3
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 3 (detail)
1310-30
Marble, height 50 cm (size of detail)
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 4
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 5
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 5 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 6
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 7
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 7 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 8
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 8 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 9
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 10
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 10 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 11
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 12
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 12 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 1: Scene 13
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 2
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 3
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 3
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 1
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 1
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 1 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 2
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 2
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 2 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 2 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 2 (detail)
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 3
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 4
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 5
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 6
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 7
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 8
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto


Reliefs on pier 4: Scene 9
1310-30
Marble
Duomo, Orvieto



Works by Lorenzo MAITANI
Construction and decoration of Orvieto Cathedral
Reliefs on the fašade of Orvieto Cathedral



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