Pulpit in the Baptistery in Pisa (1260)
by Nicola PISANO

Nicola's first authenticated work, the signed pulpit for the Pisa Baptistery, dated 1260, fuses southern and Tuscan elements into a truly original vision, reinforcing the consensus on the artist's unknown birthplace: he was probably born in southern Italy (in two documents he is referred to as "de Apulia") and may have either been trained in Pisa or worked for Frederick II before settling in Pisa.

The pulpit is a hexagon supported by seven columns. The upper part is decorated with five large-scale narrative reliefs, which are separated from each other by clusters of three columns and rest on an archivolt with figurated spandrels ornamented at the angles with figure sculpture. Three of the external columns are supported by lions, treated naturalistically with strongly defined sinews and heavy manes.

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Pulpit
1260
Marble, height 465 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit
1260
Marble, height 465 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit
1260
Marble, height 465 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit (detail)
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Annunciation, Birth of Jesus and Adoration of the Shepherds
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Annunciation, Birth of Jesus and Adoration of the Shepherds
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Adoration of the Magi
1260
Marble, 85 x 113 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Adoration of the Magi
1260
Marble, 85 x 113 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Presentation in the Temple
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Presentation in the Temple
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Crucifixion
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Crucifixion
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit relief: Last Judgment
1260
Marble
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit: Fortitude
1260
Marble, height 56 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit: Fortitude
1260
Marble, height 56 cm
Baptistery, Pisa


Pulpit: Fidelity
1260
Marble, height 58 cm
Baptistery, Pisa



Works by Nicola PISANO
Pulpit in the Baptistery in Pisa
Pulpit in the Duomo in Siena
Fontana Maggiore in Perugia
Various works



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