Sculptures in the Cathedral of Siena (1280-95)
by Giovanni PISANO

Giovanni Pisano's first major independent work was the fašade of Siena Cathedral. He never completed this above the line of the gables over the doors. This lower part luckily preserves its original decoration, and here the first time one finds an Italian mason incorporating a major amount of large-scale figure sculpture into a fašade design.

The fašade turns decisively towards the Gothic in its decorative motifs and lavish use of large-scale figural sculpture. In contrast to Nicola, Giovanni's style is closer to the expressionistic Gothic of German sculpture than to the courtly style of France.

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Exterior view of the Cathedral
1284-99
Photo
Duomo, Siena


Exterior view of the Cathedral
1284-99
Photo
Duomo, Siena


Plato
c. 1280
Stone
Duomo, Siena


Plato (detail)
c. 1280
Marble
Duomo, Siena


Sibyl
1285-95
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Sibyl (detail)
c. 1284
Stone
Duomo, Siena


Haggai
1285-95
Marbel, height 61 cm
Duomo, Siena


Isaiah (detail)
1285-97
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Isaiah (detail)
1285-97
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Moses
c. 1290
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maria Moise (Miriam)
1285-97
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Maria Moise (Miriam)
1285-97
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena


Wolf
1300-10
Stone
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena



Sculptures by Giovanni PISANO
Sculptures in Siena Cathedral
Pulpit in Sant'Andrea, Pistoia
Pulpit in Pisa Cathedral
Various works



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