pulpito-marmoreo-duomo Marble pulpit, Guido Bigarelli of Como, XIII century. credit: Mauro Piergigli

The pulpit, dated to the second half of the 12th century, is attributed to Guido Bigarelli of Como, who created a multi-faceted structure that was easily understood by the congregation. It is considered one of the best in Tuscany and is similar to that found in Pieve di Brancoli and San Bartolomeo in Pantano in Pistoia.

The pulpit is supported by four rectangular pillars, two of which rest on lions (one dominates a dragon, the other dominates a man who is stabbing it), a third column rests on a grotesque figure (telamon) while the fourth sits directly on the step of the balustrade. On three sides of the pulpit there are religious scenes including the annunciation, the nativity and the adoration of the magi.


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