Nanni di Banco, Saint Luke

Nanni di Banco
Sala del Paradiso
Original location
Cathedral, medieval facade
White marble
Height: 207 cm; Width: 87 cm; Depth: 51,5 cm;

Marble statue of the Evangelist St Luke, sculpted by Nanni di Banco between 1408 and 1413 for the original facade of the Cathedral, where it stood in a niche near the central portal. The Evangelist Luke, one of St Peter’s first disciples in Antioch, was the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He was a cultured man, a doctor and a convert to Christianity, here shown meditating on his Gospel. Nanni di Banco deliberately lengthened the limbs on the statue so that when it was seen from ground level, from below, the proportions would appear correctly. The unfinished facade was eventually demolished in 1587 and the great statues of the Evangelists were moved inside the Cathedral, before being transferred to the museum in 1936. 

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