Here are Hannah’s Questions:
1) Why do you think Johnson chose this particular work (Donatello’s Floor Tomb of Bishop Giovanni Pecci) to illustrate her argument?
2) How might this work interact with Duccio’s Maesta? How do they influence each other’s meaning?
3) Would the holiness of the tomb and the “perpetual mass” (455) lose their effectiveness or be somehow diminished if members of the general public viewed the tomb on a regular basis? Why or why not?
4) Do you think Donatello’s main focus in this work (Pecci tomb) was facilitating an ongoing mass for the bishop’s soul? Or, do you think this was one of several factors he took into consideration? Why or why not?
5) Would Masses said for Pecci be more significant if they did not occur automatically and one had to make an explicit effort to conduct them?
6) How would one’s interpretation of this work be different if it were in a different environment, like another part of the cathedral or in a different kind of building?
7) Feel free to leave a comment about anything else that confused or surprised you. I’ll try to work these into our in-class discussion.