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Andrea Pisano

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Andrea Pisano (c. 1270 - 1348), also known as Andrea da Pontadera, was an Italian sculptor and architect. (Another source states that he was born circa 1290 and died in 1348 or 1349Template:Ref.)

He is best known for the panels on the bronze south doors (1330-1336) of the Baptistery in Florence. Little or nothing is known about him his life prior to 1330, but the fact he was assigned this task implies that he was already a renowned sculptor. His name suggests that he was trained in Pisa.

In 1340 he succeeded Giotto as Master of the Works of Florence Cathedral. There he produced a series of reliefs, possibly designed by Giotto, and perhaps some statues. These and the aforementioned doors are Pisano's only known works.

He had two sons Nino and Tommaso who also became sculptors. His pupils include Andrea Orcagna.

In 1347 he became Master of the Works at Orvieto Cathedral, where Nino succeeded him.

Giorgio Vasari includes a biography of Andrea Pisano in his Lives.

Pisano contributed greatly to free modern art from Byzantine influence.

References

  1. Template:Note Murray, P. & L. (1996). Dictionary of art and artists. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-051300-0.de: Andrea Pisano
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