Battistero di San Giovanni Baptismal Font, Stone Pedestal Detail Baptistery of St. John the Baptist Baptismal Font, Stone Pedestal Detail
Cioffi, Paul L., 1928-2004
Never finished, Varese's octagonal baptismal font was begun in 1187 by an unknown sculptor whose work, though less skilled, seems to be modeled on that of Guglielmo da Modena (Wiligelmo, Italian sculptor active ca. 1099-1120). The font's exterior panels bear low-relief carvings that depict the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan accompanied by Bishop Ambrose and the twelve apostles. Thomas, Simon, Philip and Matthew are labeled; Peter holds keys, Paul a book and sword and Bartholomew a knife. A low stone pedestal, built up of stones and mortar (detailed in this image) and now encased in glass, supports the font. ca. July 1991
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