The Pavement Masters of Siena (1369-1562)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...perhaps at the same time. Christian Piety is half covered by the great lectern, and so obliterated by the feet of readers and singers as to be now almost indistinguishable. The frieze of ladders (scaglioni) and thorns spini), surrounding these works, is said to'have been executed in 1406.1 1 (1406) 13 Marzo. Marchesse d'Adamo e compangnimaesstri di pietra da Como.-E dieno avere a di XIII. di Marzo lire centoquaranta e quali li debiamo dare per una rotta (ruota) anno fa/to murare nello spazzo contra a la sagrestia. Archivio detto. Bastardello No. 2. del 1405 a 65. Mil. Doc, vol. i., p. 177. 2 77 Pavimento del Duomo and La Guida Artistica, p. 26. 3 Discorso sulla Storica Artistica Senese, p. 84. Descending again three steps corresponding to those on the opposite side of the church we come to the design of Samson slaying the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass (No. 14). alluded to above. The workmanship and style of this picture certainly resembles that of the Joshua and the Five Kings on the north side, but it is a finer and a grander piece of work. The grouping is bolder and more forcible. Samson, a giant figure, is administering chastisement to a Philistine in the manner of a schoolmaster to a naughty boy. He holds aloft, not merely the jawbone of an ass, but the whole skull. Some of his opponents lie slaughtered on the ground, and a crowd of them cowers away in terror, to the right of the composition. (111. XX.) This design, as we have said before, is mentioned by Tizio2 among those projected in 1424, and was probably executed by Paolo di Martino in 1426. On either side of it are the single figures of Moses (No. 16) and Judas Maccabeus (No. 15). Milanesi in his Discorsos attributes the figure of Moses, like that of Joshua (No. 23), to Paolo...
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