Pediatrics in Art
September 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(3):633. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960160155014

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One of Italy's architects and sculptors, Giovanni Pisano (about 1250 to 1330), who left a marked impress on that country's ecclesiastical buildings, did a number of church sculptures, including the famous pulpit in the cathedral at Pisa. It figures the birth of Jesus and the annunciation to the shepherds. The longer one looks at it, the more it intrigues the imagination. It contains, as do so many works of the period, two infants. One of these lies swaddled in the manger, and the two animals are regarding their visitor with mild surprise. The other child is about to be bathed in a stone basin of antique mold into which water is being poured from a finely wrought urn. The woman who is acting as nurse holds the infant on her right arm, while with her left hand she tests the temperature of the water.

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