The Pulpit outside Prato Cathedral

  • D. S. Chambers
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This open-air pulpit was not just for sermons, but for display of the Sacred Girdle of the Virgin which, having dropped into the hands of Doubting Thomas, was supposedly acquired by a Pratese nobleman in Constantinople about the time of the First Crusade. Regarded as proof of the Virgin’s Assumption, the relic was clearly a matter for civic pride in Prato, the patron of the Chapel being the commune itself instead of a particular fraternity.


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    A. C. de la Mare, ‘Vespasiano da Bisticci, Historian and Bookseller’ (Ph.D. thesis, University of London, 1966) p. 190, quotingGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    C. Guasti, ‘Capitolo del Commune di Firenze’ (Florence, 1866) i xvii n. 1.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    F. Baldinucci, ‘Notizie de’ professori del disegno’ (Florence, 1681: 1845 ed.) p. 437.Google Scholar

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