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Pulpit Nicola Pisano Casting Workshop of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (cast maker)


Nicola Pisano ca. 1220 – ca. 1284

Casting Workshop of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (cast maker) Berlin, first half of the 20th century

Date 1266–1268 (original), 1905 (cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster cast

452 × 340 × 340 cm

Inventory number Rg.131
Collection Sculpture
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Monumental Plaster Casts, Colleoni Hall

The Carrara marble pulpit of the Cathedral of Siena was made between 1266 and 1268 by Nicola Pisano and his pupils, including his son Giovanni. The octagonal pulpit is supported by nine columns: the pedestal for the central column is decorated with the carved figures of Philosophy and the Seven Liberal Arts, while four of the outer columns bear lion figures. The reliefs on the parapet narrate seven scenes from the life of Christ, beginning with the Visitation and the Nativity and ending with the Last Judgment. Like the reliefs produced by Nicola for the pulpit of the Cathedral of Pisa (1260), the reliefs in Siena bear witness to his familiarity with the relics of classical antiquity. The master successfully fused such influences with the Gothic style of the period.
Commissioned by the museum in 1905, the cast was made in the plaster casting workshop of Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum, in Berlin. It was erected in the Romanesque Hall, in 1908.

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