Giovanni Pisano / Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist / ca. 1301, with later additionsGiovanni Pisano
Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist
ca. 1301, with later additions

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Creator Name: Pisano, Giovanni
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian, ca. 1240-1319
Creator Name-CRT: Giovanni Pisano
Title: Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist
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Creation Start Date: 1299
Creation End Date: 1303
Creation Date: ca. 1301, with later additions
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: Carrera marble with addition of Pentelic marble
Dimensions: 27 3/4 x 24 3/16 x 16 in. (70.5 x 61.5 x 40.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 18.70.28
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Sculpted by Giovanni Pisano, one of the finest sculptors of the Gothic period, this lectern was once a part of the pulpit at the Church of Sant'Andrea at Pistoia. It is in the shape of an imposing full-size figure of an eagle, grasping a book in its talons, which stands with head erect, facing to its left, wings held poised as if ready for flight. The head is a later replacement. A marble bookrest, hexagonal in form with a protruding ledge at the bottom, meant to hold the Gospels for liturgical reading, rests on the bird's wings. The eagle served as the crowning element of a Tetramorph, a sculptural composite of the symbols of the four Evangelists.

AMICA ID: MMA_.18.70.28
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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