Father and Son
Nicola and Giovanni Pisano

Max Seidel

This publication on the work of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano from 1260 to 1315, deals in two beautifully illustrated volumes with a unique cultural phenomenon: the dialogue between a father and a son who were both geniuses. Nowhere else in the figurative arts, neither in literature nor in music, do we find this phenomenon of a father and a son who encounter one another at the highest artistic level. This first volume, packed with images, offers an interdisciplinary approach to questions of style, iconography and social history. Special emphasis is placed on the two sculptors' dialogue with the French Gothic style and with the art of ancient Rome. The fate of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano at the hands of the critics is reconstructed with the help of textual and figurative sources from the early nineteenth century until the present day. The second volume, conceived as a complement to the first, documents with more than 500 new photographs the supreme artistic excellence of the two Pisani

Collana del Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, 18 ersetzt 15

Hirmer Verlag, München 2012
I Volume: 468 pages with 424 images in b/w
II Volume (plates): 521 pages with 504 images in b/w
ISBN 978-3-7774-5101-5



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