Work on Volterra’s cathedral began in the 1200s and continued intermittently over the next two centuries. To the right of the High Altar stands a Romanesque wood-carving of The Deposition (1228). The Altar itself is flanked by graceful marble angels carved by Mino da Fiesole in 1471; they face the same artist’s elegant tabernacle, carved with figures of Faith, Hope and Charity. The nave, remodelled in 1581, has an unusual coffered ceiling with stucco figures of bishops and saints painted in rich blue and gold. The pulpit, in the middle of the nave, dates to 1584, but was created using sculptural reliefs from the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The Last Supper panel, facing into the nave and thought to be the work of the Pisan artist, Guglielmo View from Volterra over the surrounding landscape Detail from one of the panels decorating the Duomo pulpit Pisano, has a number of humourous details including a monster snapping at the heels of Judas. Nearby, in the north aisle, Fra Bartolomeo’s The Annunciation (1497) hangs above one of the side chapel altars. More sculptures are housed in the oratory off the north aisle, near the main entrance. The best is a tableau of the Epiphany, preserved behind glass.
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