Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Florence Baptistry; North Doors, Life of Christ [original doors]
Image View:
View of the decorative molding around doors, small portrait busts at corners of the panels
Creator:
Lorenzo Ghiberti (Italian sculptor, ca.1381-1455)
Location:
repository: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note:
Piazza del Duomo, 9
GPS:
43.772333 11.256222
Date:
1403-1424 (creation)
Cultural Context:
Italian
Style Period:
Fifteenth century; Renaissance
Work Type 1:
door
Work Type 2:
relief (sculpture)
Classification:
Sculpture and Installations
Material:
partially gilded bronze
Technique:
casting (process); gilding (technique)
Measurements:
457 cm (height) x 251 cm (width)
Subjects:
cycles or series; New Testament; Evangelists (Bible); Jesus Christ
Description:
The theme for Ghiberti's north doors of the Baptistry is the life of Christ in 20 scenes with the 8 lower panels containing the Evangelists and Fathers of the Church. As these doors were kept shut, except on feast days, the scenes read from the bottom accross both wings. The enframing lattice is considerably richer than that of Pisano's doors, and the compositions are more closely coordinated with the quatrefoils. The doors were moved to the north side after Ghiberti completed his second commission, known as the Gates of Paradise, which replaced them on the east. It took Ghiberti 21 years to complete these doors. They were partially gilded (the figures within the quatrefoils). Each panel is 52 x 45 cm (inside molding). They were moved inside the museum and copies were placed outdoors ca. 1990. (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Main_Page)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
6A1-GL-BNO-C11
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Florence Baptistry; North Doors, Life of Christ [original doors]