Andrea Pisano


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Pisano, Andrea

(ändrĕ`ä pēzä`nō), c.1290–c.1348, Italian sculptor, also called Andrea da Pontedera. His most important work, the first bronze doors of the baptistery in Florence, was begun in 1330. In 28 panels he depicted scenes from the life of John the Baptist. Through Andrea, Italian sculpture came under the influence of the painter and architect GiottoGiotto
(Giotto di Bondone) , c.1266–c.1337, Florentine painter and architect. He is noted not only for his own work, but for the lasting impact he had on the course of painting in Europe. Training

Giotto reputedly was born at Colle, near Florence.
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, whom he succeeded as head of the work on the cathedral and the campanile in Florence. It is still debated whether the design for the campanile reliefs is to be credited to Giotto or to Andrea. Andrea spent his last year in Orvieto, directing work on the facade of the cathedral.
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Queste porte principali dell'edificio completano un denso programma ideato nel secolo precedente, con altre due porte istoriate: quella a sud, con storie della vita del Patrono della citta e del Battistero stesso, San Giovanni Battista--opera di Andrea Pisano realizzata dal 1330-1336--e quella a nord con storie della vita di Cristo, eseguita dallo stesso Ghiberti tra il 1402-1424.
In 1401, a competition was announced by the Cloth Importers Guild to design a set of bronze doors for the Baptistery, to complement existing doors by Andrea Pisano. The competition drew many of the most famous artists and sculptors of the age.
In the first half of the fourteenth century, astrological programs were painted or sculpted in Padua (the Palazzo della Ragione by Giotto), in Florence (the sculptural reliefs on the campanile by Andrea Pisano, completed in 1334-40), in Siena (in the Sala dei Nove by Ambrogio Lorenzetti between 1337-55), and in the Doge's Palace in Venice (frescoes by Filippo Galendario between 1341 and 1355).