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Nicola Pisano (circa 1220 – 1284) is often considered to be one of the primary motivators of renaissance. Successful marriage between Classical Antiquity and Christian tradition was possible through his art. His work also found inspirations from ancient Roman structures and Gothic architecture. The pulpit of Siena Cathedral and the Great Fountain at Perugia still bear the masterful design and craftsmanship of Pisano’s. Many other sculptural work, including the altar of San Jacopo in San Zeno cathedral, have perished with time.

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Giovanni Pisano (circa 1250 – 1315) on the other hand did not share his father, Nicola Pisano’s enthusiasm for antiquity. He too was an eminent sculptor of his time and a collaborator in many of his father’s projects. But stylistically he was considerably different than the senior Pisano. The façade of the Siena Cathedral, whose pulpit bears his father’s name, was designed by Giovanni. The Pulpit of Sant’ Andrea, Pistoia with its intricate relief work was created by Giovanni. He was instrumental in designing and execution of the façade of San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno as well as the monument erected in memory of Margaret of Brabant, empress of Henry VII. Giovanni Pisano’s sculptures exhibits emotional intensity of the subjects many of which were inspired by the famous paintings of the day like, The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Masaccio.

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Image Courtesy: Web Gallery of Art

 

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