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Baptismal Font Jacopo della Quercia Casting Workshop of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (cast maker)


Jacopo della Quercia Siena ca. 1374 – 1438 Siena

Casting Workshop of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum (cast maker) Berlin, first half of the 20th century

Date 1416–1434 (original), 1907 (cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster cast

540 × 282 × 282 cm

Inventory number Rg.163
Collection Sculpture
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Monumental Plaster Casts, Colleoni Hall

After the completion of the north doors, Ghiberti was commissioned in 1425 to make the third set of doors to the Florentine Baptistery, called the Gates of Paradise. These east doors consist of ten panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament. On the frames surrounding the reliefs, there are small busts — including a portrait of the artist himself — and the figures of prophets. Unlike the quatrefoil frames of the panels on the north doors, the frames on the Gates of Paradise are square-shaped. Coupled with the depth of space in the scenes placed in landscape or in architectonic space using perspective, this feature and the use of classical forms reflect a departure from the Gothic style and the application of Renaissance formulae.
Comissioned by the museum in 1907, cast at the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin (today Bode Museum). It was erected in 1909, in the Renaissance Hall.

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