Cantoria (singers' gallery) of the Florence Cathedral
by Luca della Robbia

The authorities ordered an organ loft, called a "cantoria" from Luca della Robbia in 1431. He worked eight years on the project and translated into three-dimensional images the 150th Psalm of David (Laudate Dominum) whose verses are transcribed in Roman lettering on the three fascias of the pulpit. He set ten bas-reliefs in two superimposed rows, depicting young men, young girls and putti. Sometimes standing out from and sometimes closely adhering to the background, the figures are singing in harmony, playing instruments, and dancing.

This is the first documented work by Luca. Originally above the door to the North Sacristy, opposite to the cantoria by Donatello above the South Sacristy, it was dismantled (together with Donatello's) in 1688 and replaced by Baroque pulpit realised for the wedding of Ferdinando de' Medici to Violante Beatrice of Bavaria.



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Cantoria
1431-38
Marble, 328 x 560 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria
1431-38
Marble, 328 x 560 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria
1431-38
Marble, 328 x 560 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria
1431-38
Marble, 328 x 560 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: first top relief
1431-38
Marble, 100 x 94 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: first top relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: second top relief
1431-38
Marble, 100 x 94 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: second top relief
1431-38
Marble, 100 x 94 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: second top relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: third top relief
1431-38
Marble, 100 x 94 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: fourth top relief
1431-38
Marble, 100 x 94 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: fourth top relief
1431-38
Marble, 100 x 94 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: fourth top relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: first bottom relief
1431-38
Marble, 99 x 92 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: first bottom relief
1431-38
Marble, 99 x 92 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: first bottom relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: first bottom relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: second bottom relief
1431-38
Marble, 99 x 92 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: second bottom relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: second bottom relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: third bottom relief
1431-38
Marble, 99 x 92 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: third bottom relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble,
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: fourth bottom relief
1431-38
Marble, 99 x 92 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: fourth bottom relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: left side relief
1431-38
Marble, 96 x 61 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: left side relief (detail)
1431-38
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence


Cantoria: right side relief
1431-38
Marble, 96 x 61 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence



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