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Head of a bearded Man

Giovanni Pisano1312-1314

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

The head, an example of Italian late Gothic art, is believed to be by Giovanni Pisano who trained under his father Nicola Pisano (c. 1220/1225 - c. 1284) at his workshop, his so-called “botecca”.

Style and technique

In terms of style and technique the head is reminiscent of the many sculptures appearing in the reliefs and pedestal bases of his principal work: the pulpit at the baptistery in Pisa, which was carve from marble between 1302 and 1310.

Recent studies show that the head is presumably from the sepulchral monument, now destroyed, created for Margaret of Luxembourg in 1311.

The sculpture's dramatic style

Giovanni Pisano was the greatest sculptor of his day because he mastered the art of assimilating the reliefs of classical Antiquity, used e.g. on sarcophagi, combining it with his own dramatic and highly narrative style.

The face is very expressive and lifelike for its time. The drama is accentuated by the pronounced contrasts between light and shadow created by the holes bored into the hair and beard. Even the eyes have been brought to life with drilled holes.

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Details

  • Title: Head of a bearded Man
  • Creator: Giovanni Pisano
  • Date Created: 1312-1314
  • Værktekst: Hovedet, som er fra den italienske sengotik, er formodentlig udført af Giovanni Pisano. Stil og teknisk udførelse I stil og teknisk udførelse ligner det de mange skulpturer, som findes i relieffer og søjlefodstykker på hans hovedværk, prædikestolen i baptisteriet i Pisa hugget i marmor mellem 1302 og 1310. Den nyeste forskning har vist, at hovedet formentlig stammer fra Margrethe af Luxembourgs nu destruerede gravmæle fra 1311. Skulpturens dramatiske stil Giovanni Pisano var sin tids største billedhugger, fordi han forstod at indoptage antikkens reliefstil, sådan som den for eksempel ses på sarkofager, og kombinere den med sin egen dramatiske og stærkt fortællende stil. For sin tid er ansigtet udtryksfuldt og levende. Dramaet forstærkes af den kontrastfulde lys- og skyggevirkning, der fremkommer af de borede huller i hår og skæg. Selv øjnene har fået liv gennem et par borede huller. Giovanni Pisano var oplært i faderen Nicola Pisanos værksted, hans såkaldte "botecca".
  • Teknik: Marmor
  • Proveniens: Erhvervet 1938
  • Provenance: Acquired 1938
  • Physical Dimensions: w12 x h17.5 x d13.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2663
  • Dansk Titel: Hoved af en skægget mand
  • Type: Head (representation)
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Marble

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