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date: 18 November 2019

Pisano family(ii)locked

  • G. Kreytenberg

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Italian family of goldsmiths and sculptors.

(b Pontedera, c. 1295; d ?Orvieto, 1348–9).

He was the son of the Pisan notary Ugolino di Nino and the father of (2) Nino Pisano and (3) Tommaso Pisano. He was a goldsmith, sculptor, and Master of the Cathedral Works in both Florence and Orvieto, a position that was not necessarily connected to the function of architect. His artistic importance derives principally from the fact that he adapted the ‘principles of monumental painting’ developed by Giotto ‘to the medium of relief’ (Falk 1940), and by so doing gave a decisive impetus to the development from the Gothic conception of a draped figure towards the weightiness of the Renaissance standing figure with its organically related drapery.

The only documented works by Andrea Pisano are the reliefs of the bronze doors on the south portal of the Baptistery of Florence, which are signed ...

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U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]