Baptistery of San Giovanni Battista, piazza del Duomo
The pulpit by Nicola Pisano (1260) is considered the most representative work of art of the Italian thirteenth century. The work stands on seven columns, supported by column-bearing lions and shows in its panels the life of Christ from the Annunciation to the Final judgement. The figures move like Roman statues, the Virgin lies as a Roman matron, clear reference to the sarcophagi of the Campo Santo (Phaedra and Ippolito). On the columns Virtues and Prophets have a dialogue like in the Parnassus, anticipating the typical lines of the Renaissance, such as the Hercules, or Fortress, repeatedly compared with Michelangelo's David.