MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, Italian
(active 1107-1117 in Cremona)

The Prophet Ezekiel

1107-17
Stone
Cathedral, Cremona

The Master of the Cremona Cathedral is a contemporary of Wiligelmo. Employing a style more in the mainstream of western art than Wiligelmo's, he introduced the theme of the jamb-statue into Italy. The jambs of the porch are not so much columns as piers with statues modelled in the round set against them, in a manner resembling that of the great Provençal groups, whose prototype they may in fact be. The idea of the free-standing figure, inherited from antiquity, remained a living tradition in Italy.