Tino di Camaino

(c. 1280—1337)

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(b Siena, c.1280/5; d Naples, 1337).

Sienese sculptor, chiefly of tombs, active in Pisa, Florence, and Naples, as well as his native city. He was the most important follower of Giovanni Pisano, whom he probably assisted for a time, but Tino's style was more calm and reserved, with an imposing block-like massiveness. His early career was spent mainly in Siena and Pisa, but his chief works are in Florence (where he worked intermittently from 1318 to 1323) and Naples (where he lived from about 1324 until his death). In Florence his best-known work is the tomb of Bishop Antonio d'Orso (1321) in the cathedral, which features possibly the earliest example of a seated effigy. In Naples his work included tabernacled tombs for the Angevin court, notably that of Queen Mary of Hungary (c.1325) in S. Maria Donnaregina. They show a move away from the sober grandeur of his earlier work to a more elegant, ostentatious, Gothic style. Tino also worked as an architect.

Subjects: Art.

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