Pulpit in the Duomo in Siena (1265-68)
by Nicola PISANO

Presumably, due to the success and fame of the Pisa pulpit, Nicola was commissioned in 1265 to sculpt another in Carrara marble for the Duomo of Siena. This second pulpit was complete by 1268 and is far more ambitious than its Pisan predecessor; it is octagonal and therefore has seven historiated reliefs. The dark colonnettes framing the Pisa panels have been exchanged for figures in white marble at the angles, allowing the narrative to flow while diminishing the classical containment. The richly carved cornice adds to the feeling of surface excitement and unity; it encourages a continuous scroll-like reading of the narratives, which is accentuated by a line of inlay above the lower cornice.

The seven scenes on the parapet, narrating the Life of Christ, are the following.

  1. Visitation and Nativity
  2. Journey and Adoration of the Magi
  3. Presentation in the Temple and Flight into Egypt
  4. Massacre of the Innocents
  5. Crucifixion
  6. Last Judgment with the Elect
  7. Last Judgment with the Damned

Preview Picture Data Info
Pulpit
1265-68
Marble, height 460 cm
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit
1265-68
Marble, height 460 cm
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit
1265-68
Marble, height 460 cm
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit
1265-68
Marble, height 460 cm
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 1. Visitation and Nativity
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 2. Journey and Adoration of the Magi
1265-68
Marble, 85 x 113 cm
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 3. Presentation in the Temple and Flight into Egypt
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 4. Massacre of the Innocents
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 5. Crucifixion
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 6. Last Judgment, The Elect
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: 7. Last Judgment, The Damned
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: Last Judgment
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: Apocalyptic Christ
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit reliefs: Madonna and Child
1265-68
Marble, height 85 cm
Duomo, Siena


Pulpit: middle of the base
1265-68
Marble
Duomo, Siena



Works by Nicola PISANO
Pulpit in the Baptistery in Pisa
Pulpit in the Duomo in Siena
Fontana Maggiore in Perugia
Various works



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