PISANO, Giovanni
(b. ca. 1250, Pisa, d. 1314, Pisa)


Cathedral, Pisa

In this relief on the pulpit an entire landscape is described in detail. Sheep browse and dogs rest, the shepherds stand, and trees and bushes grow upon a hilly ground plane that is fully visible. This effort to achieve a new, pictorial landscape, all-embracing in its realism, is remarkable.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 9 minutes):
13th-century Organum