Nicola Pisano and the Revival of Sculpture in Italy

Nicola Pisano and the Revival of Sculpture in Italy

Nicola Pisano and the Revival of Sculpture in Italy

Nicola Pisano and the Revival of Sculpture in Italy

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The pulpit in the Baptistery at Pisa marks a turning-point in the history of Italian sculpture. In order therefore to emphasise the peculiar significance of Nicola Pisa in the long series of great Italian sculptors, an attempt has been made in this volume to set his sculpture against the background out of which it arose. For this purpose the authors have given a short account of the development of sculpture in Italy in the Romanesque period, founded on personal observation and the study of the leading authorities on the subject. They are indebted not only to the general histories on Italian art by Venturi and Toesca, but also to the detailed studies of particular districts by Bertaux, Salmi, Wackernagel and Zimmermann, and to the works of A. Gardner and other authorities on medieval sculpture in France.

In the second part of the book the work of Nicola Pisano has been approached from the descriptive and iconographical point of view rather than from that of art criticism. The pulpits in Pisa and Siena and the fountain in Perugia contain in a small compass the same themes, religious and secular, which on a larger scale are presented on the portals of the great French cathedrals. To deal with this material adequately would require a large treatise, but in the hope of rendering the book of assistance to students and the general reader, a short account of each subject has been given as it arises, and reference has been made to illustrations contained in the histories of Italian art already mentioned and in the works of Dalton, Mâle, Künstle and Bréhier whose researches have thrown so much light on this complicated field.

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