Pulpit in Pisa Cathedral (1302-11)
by Giovanni PISANO

Giovanni Pisano's pulpit in Pisa Cathedral replaced an earlier pulpit by Guglielmo, now in Cagliari Cathedral. The pulpit was dismantled after a fire in 1595 and has suffered much damage from restorations, particularly those in 1926-29; its present position, between two of the nave columns instead of under the dome, makes it impossible to view it in the round.

The pulpit is the most sumptuous of the Pisano pulpits, it is of unprecedented size, dominated by the sense of continuous, multi-directional movement and frenetic energy. The complex iconographic programme was at least partly devised by the Dominicans of Santa Caterina, Pisa. The themes and sequences of the programme were prescribed by the patrons, but they were absorbed by Giovanni into his own harsh and dramatic vision, and he may have influenced the choice of some of the scenes.

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Pulpit
1302-11
Marble, height 461 cm
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit
1302-11
Marble, height 461 cm
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit
1302-11
Marble, height 461 cm
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit
1302-11
Marble, height 461 cm
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit
1302-11
Marble, height 461 cm
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit
1302-11
Marble, height 461 cm
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit (detail)
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit (detail)
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit (detail)
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit (detail)
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 1. Annunciation, Visitation, and Birth of St John the Baptist
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 1. Annunciation, Visitation, and Birth of St John the Baptist
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 2. Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 3. Dream and Adoration of the Magi
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 4. Presentation in the Temple and the Flight into Egypt
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 5. Massacre of the Innocents
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 6. Passion scenes
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 7. Crucifixion
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 8. Last Judgment (part 1, the Elect)
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: 8. Last Judgment (part 2, the Damned)
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: Christ the Judge
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit reliefs: seven scenes unfolded
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Hercules
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Justice
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: St Michael
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Mater
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: pedestal of Mater
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: pedestal of Mater
1302-10
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Prudence
1302-10
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Virtues
1302-10
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit details: Caryatides
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit details: Caryatides
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Christ with the Four Evangelists
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: Christ with the Four Evangelists
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit details: pedestal of the Caryatides
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit details: pedestal of the Caryatides
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa


Pulpit detail: A lion
1302-11
Marble
Cathedral, Pisa



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



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