La Torre di Palazzo Vecchio vista attraverso i finestroni del Campanile di Giotto
Date Made/Found: late 19th Century
, Italian, founded 1854
Material and Medium: photograph
Dimensions: Support: 245 x 157mm
Mount: 500 x 360mm
Accession Number: CGSG03478
This photograph shows an upper window in the campanile or bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. The campanile was built between 1334 and 1359 to the design of Giotto, and is around 90 metres tall.
The tower is very decorative. Masons ornamented its main structure and window tracery with patterns in pink, white and green marble. There are also figure sculptures and hexagonal reliefs (flat sculpture) depicting the Sacraments, the Virtues, the Planets and the Mechanical and Liberal Arts. It is possible that Giotto designed these sculptural scenes; however, it is also likely the sculptor Andrea Pisano (about 1295-1348), who took over from Giotto as capomaestro, designed or carved some of them. Ruskin wrote that the tower 'was the most perfect work of Christian architecture in existence.'
Another medieval tower, part of the Palazzo della Signoria (the city’s council and law courts) is visible through the window.