The octagonal pulpitGiovanni was the son of Nicola (see his pulpits at the Siena Duomo and the Pisa Baptistry). Among his innovations was the addition of a platform at the top of the stairs (see center photograph), thus allowing for two additional reliefs at the top--making the total nine. He also added scenes that had not been included in earlier pulpits.
Left: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; center: Adoration of the Magi; right: Presentation in the Temple and Flight in to Egypt
Left: Massacre of the Innocents; center: Betrayal( kiss of Judas), Mocking and Flagellation--a scene new to pulpits; right: the Crucifixion
The base with a grizzled Fortitude/Hercules;(Contrast the same personification on the Baptistry pulpit.)
the supporting figure of a lion overcoming prey--a traditional symbol
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