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On the side of the Church of Orsanmichele, in the penultimate niche on Via de’ Lamberti, is the tabernacle of the Virgin. It is connected with an act of intolerance which took place in 1493, when a Jew was accused of having vandalized the face of the Virgin Mary, a 14th century work by Giovanni Tedesco, and was subsequently executed. The inscription on the sculpture’s plinth reads: “Hanc ferro effigiem petiit iudaeus et index / ipse sui vulgo dilaniatus obit / MCCCCLXXXXIII”.

Via de’ Lamberti, Church of Orsanmichele