Originally I shared the story of the Nativity Panel of the Pisa Baptistery pulpit in a blog, you can read it here, but decided to convert the material into a video for those who prefer that medium.
The Baptistery Pulpit is a seminal piece of art marking the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. Nicola Pisano made a leap of imagination by combining the ideas of the humanist, with the faith of Christianity and the themes of Greek mythology into the figure of Fortitude on the pulpit. Fortitude is portrayed as Hercules and for the first time we have a Greek mythological figure embodying Christian ideals. Unremarkable to us, but a shift that would start of revolution in thought and practice.
This information is also available in blog format here.
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