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North Doors (four biblical scenes) Lorenzo Ghiberti Giuseppe Lelli (cast maker)


Lorenzo Ghiberti Florence 1378 – 1455 Florence

Giuseppe Lelli (cast maker) Firenze

Date 1403–1424 (original), 1906 (cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster cast

59.5 × 51.5 × 8 cm
59.5 × 51.5 × 8 cm
59.5 × 51.5 × 8 cm
59.5 × 51.5 × 8 cm

Inventory number Rg.157
Collection Sculptures
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Corridor G

In 1401, the Florentine guild of cloth finishers (Arte di Calimala) announced a competition for the northern doors of the Florentine Baptistery. The contestants were required to make a relief depicting a biblical theme, namely the sacrifice of Isaac. The winner from among the seven contestants was Ghiberti, who completed the doors between 1403 and 1424. The doors consist of twenty-eight multifoil panels in seven rows. The upper panels depict events from the life of Christ, while the lower ones show the church fathers and the apostles. While the influence of the international Gothic style can still be detected in some scenes, in others Renaissance stylistic elements appear. The Museum of Fine Arts ordered casts of the door frame and of eight reliefs, one of which was subsequently destroyed.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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