Italian Sculptors (Classic Reprint)
No attempt has been made in this volume to deal with all the workers in stone or metal who were active in Italy after the revival, or to describe each work commonly given to the sculptors included. While Niccola Pisano is rated as the first of the moderns, brief mention has been made of the forerunners of the Pisan school: notably of Bonanno, Guido da Como and Antelami. Even had it been possible, a detailed examination of the vast amount of pre-Pisan carving scattered all over Italy, would have been profitless. The work of the chisel was mere stone-cutting - and not of the best - till it was grasped by the hand of Niccola, who brought about a revolution in plastic art even greater than Masaccio's in pictorial some century and a half later.
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