Donatello’s pulpit

Projecting sharply from the left cheek of the face of the Prato Cathedral is the renowned pulpit created by Donatello and Michelozzo. Despite the sense of imbalance thus invoked, there is nothing awkward in the rendition of the splendid figurines which adorn this curious structure.

 

Prato Duomo (Cattedrale di S Stefano)
Prato Duomo (Cattedrale di S Stefano)
Donatello and Michelozzo pulpit
Donatello and Michelozzo pulpit
Donatello - panel 1
Donatello – panel 1
Donatello - panel 2
Donatello – panel 2
Donatello - panel 3
Donatello – panel 3
Donatello - panel 4
Donatello – panel 4
Donatello - panel 5
Donatello – panel 5
Donatello - panel 6
Donatello – panel 6
Donatello - panel 7
Donatello – panel 7

This pulpit is the stage for an intriguing and ritual ceremony which holds the community in its thrall on a special day of each year.

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