GIOVANNI DA CAMPIONE
(b. ca. 1320, Campione, d. ca. 1375, Campione)
North portal with red lions1351
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo
The north portal of the church in the left transept is supported by columns departing from lions in red Veronese marble. Its vault is decorated by polychrome lozenges. Above a loggia houses the equestrian statue of St Alexander, between St Stephen and St Barbara. If the ultimate sources of this rigid group of horse and fully-armoured, smiling rider lie in Germany on the one hand and in the Romanesque Italian equestrian monuments, rooted in Antiquity, on the other, the immediate prototype seems to be the infinitely more sophisticated figure of Cangrande della Scala on his monument in front of Santa Maria Antica, Verona.