Nine are the artworks created by two of the most important sculptors in Italy between the XIII and XIV centuries on display at the Church of San Gottardo in Corte for the exhibition Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. The origin of modern sculpture, an initiative of the programme “Expo Belle Arti Lombardia 2015”, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi for Regione Lombardia. Inaugurated on the last 16th June, and open until the 31st October 2015, the exhibition wants to tell the deep renovation that took place in the whole Europe during the XIII century and, in particular, the rise of the Italian style in the artistic and visual culture of the time.
The original location of the nine sculptures was outside the Pisa Baptistery, in Piazza dei Miracoli, on the superior cornice.
On the 15th August is the anniversary of the inauguration of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, that was held on that day in the year 1152. Built by the most important artists of the time and harmoniously matching the style of the Pisa Duomo, it is the biggest Baptistery in Italy. To its building, all the Pisa citizenship contributed, giving money for its construction as a contribute to the city. Octagonal-shaped building, inside it there is the baptismal font, in the centre, realised by Guido Bigarelli also called da Come in 1246, and the Pulpit, designed by Nicola Pisano between 1255 and 1260, both encircled by a series of eight columns and four pillars.
The sculptures on display in San Gottardo were realised for the Pisa Baptistery by Nicola Pisano and his son Giovanni, both of them grown up in the milieu of the culture brought in Italy by Frederick II, and both of them committed to the study of the Classic. In their workshop were taught the most important sculptors of the XIV century, such as Arnolfo di Cambio and Tino di Camaino.
During the XIX century restoration by the Architect Alessandro Gherardesca, the Pisano artworks inside the Baptistery were replaced and brought on display at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo di Pisa, were still today are.
On the occasion of the Pisa exhibition, a new Ticket Office has been set up at the Church of San Gottardo in Corte, to ease the access to the exhibition. At the Ticket Office it will be possible to purchase all the kind of tickets for the Historical Complex of the Duomo di Milano.
Starting the 3rd August, it will be also open the direct connection with the Grande Museo del Duomo, letting all the visitors (an average of 1500 people every day), discover the treasures of the Palace Chapel, brought back to its full splendour in only nine months, thanks to the important restoration by the Veneranda Fabbrica.
San Gottardo in Corte Church
(Via Francesco Pecorari, 2 – Milan)
Opening to public
17th June – 31st October 2015
Monday: 14.30 – 19.30
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 09.30 – 19.30*
Thursday e Saturday: 09.30 – 22.30
* Every Sunday at 11.00, while the eventi s taking place (ca. 60 minutes), admission is possible with the purchase of a ticket for the concert organised by laVerdi.
Admission reserved to all visitors with a ticket of the Duomo di Milano and the Grande Museo del Duomo, or Duomo Pass, available at every Ticket Office of the Veneranda Fabbrica.