Guglielmo Agnelli

Guglielmo Agnelli

Guglielmo Agnelli

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Fra. Guglielmo Agnelli (c. 1238 – 1313) was an Italian sculptor and architect, born in Pisa.


Agnelli was a pupil of Nicola Pisano, who had brought the art of sculpture to great perfection, modeled on Greek and Roman ideas, matured by the study of actual truth, and preserving only traditions of the earlier medieval school which were deemed necessary for Christian art at a time when art was truly the handmaid of religion.

Agnelli joined the Dominican Order at Pisa in 1257, as a lay brother. He was soon engaged in work on the convent of the brethren at Pisa and built the campanile of the Abbey of Settimo, near Florence. His best work is the series of marble reliefs executed, in conjunction with Pisano, for the famous tomb of St. Dominic in the church of that Saint at Bologna. The figures on the funeral urn, in Mezzo-rilievo, are about two feet high. Fra Guglielmo's work on the posterior face of the tomb deals with six Dominican legends, vis: the Blessed Reginald smitten by a distemper; the Virgin Mary healing a sick man and pointing to the habit of the Friars Preachers, indicating that he should assume it; the same man freed from a terrible temptation by holding St. Dominic's hands; Honorius III having his vision of St. Dominic supporting the falling Lateran Basilica; Honorius examining the Dominican rule, and his solemn approbation of it. This work afforded little scope to Fra Guglielmo's imaginative powers, but its masterly execution places him among the greatest...
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