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photoblog image Ghiberti's  "Paradise"

Ghiberti's "Paradise"

 

 

In 1401, a competition was announced by the Arte di Calimala, (Cloth Importers Guild) to design doors which would eventually be placed on the north side of the baptistry.

 

These new doors would serve as a votive offering to celebrate the sparing of Florence from relatively recent scourges such as the Black Death in 1348. Many artists competed for this commission and a jury selected seven semifinalists. These finalists include Lorenzo Ghiberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and Jacopo della Quercia;  with 21-year old Ghiberti winning the commission. At the time of judging, only Ghiberti and Brunelleschi were finalists, and when the judges could not decide, they were assigned to work together on them. Brunelleschi's pride got in the way, and he went to Rome to study architecture leaving Ghiberti to work on the doors himself. Ghiberti's autobiography, however, claimed that he had won, "without a single dissenting voice." It took Ghiberti 21 years to complete these doors. These gilded bronze doors consist of twenty-eight panels

 

 

Michelangelo referred to these doors as fit to be the "Gates of Paradise" (Porte del Paradiso), and they are still invariably referred to by this name. Giorgio Vasari described them a century later as "undeniably perfect in every way and must rank as the finest masterpiece ever created". Ghiberti himself said they were "the most singular work that I have ever made".


Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence, Italy

November 10, 2011

Ghiberti's "Paradise"

 

 

In 1401, a competition was announced by the Arte di Calimala, (Cloth Importers Guild) to design doors which would eventually be placed on the north side of the baptistry.

 

These new doors would serve as a votive offering to celebrate the sparing of Florence from relatively recent scourges such as the Black Death in 1348. Many artists competed for this commission and a jury selected seven semifinalists. These finalists include Lorenzo Ghiberti, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and Jacopo della Quercia;  with 21-year old Ghiberti winning the commission. At the time of judging, only Ghiberti and Brunelleschi were finalists, and when the judges could not decide, they were assigned to work together on them. Brunelleschi's pride got in the way, and he went to Rome to study architecture leaving Ghiberti to work on the doors himself. Ghiberti's autobiography, however, claimed that he had won, "without a single dissenting voice." It took Ghiberti 21 years to complete these doors. These gilded bronze doors consist of twenty-eight panels

 

 

Michelangelo referred to these doors as fit to be the "Gates of Paradise" (Porte del Paradiso), and they are still invariably referred to by this name. Giorgio Vasari described them a century later as "undeniably perfect in every way and must rank as the finest masterpiece ever created". Ghiberti himself said they were "the most singular work that I have ever made".


Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence, Italy

November 10, 2011

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Mar 2012, 01:23
A work of stupendous beauty!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I guess anything referred to as "Paradise" should be, huh?!
This is greater than any masterpiece Elizabeth... thanks for the history and your photo...petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're so welcome Peter! It's my pleasure to bring to you the magnificent art of Italy! smile
what a grab details in this door hey
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Just a bit! smile
great story Mary, & image. Funny detail the fence is also gold coated..ad-hoc
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nothing is overlooked in Florence!! smile
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2012, 10:05
Another fantastic capture Elizabeth pity about the railings across the front. Nice write up.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Pedroeric! Yes the railings spoil the view a bit- so do the people who wouldn't part for my photo! smile
Wonderful piece of art Ellie, if the doors are like this, what's the interior like? I hope they didn't peak to early. smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Just a taste of what's inside Frank! It's all magnificent!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Mar 2012, 12:01
Yes, the golden Ghiberti doors to the Baptisterium belong to the most beautiful reliefs you can ever see - I remember to have stood there for a while to study all the biblical scenes of this masterwork! I hope you will post one detail of these 'Gates of Paradise'? And the grandious sculpture of Maria Magdalena inside?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they remarkable?! I do have a little detail cued up for tomorrow. My images from inside were not postable I'm afraid. There was just no light by the time we got in there and by that time of day I was apparently not very steady!
If you aren't impressed by these doors you aren't impressed by anything!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well put Bill!
Another wonderful set of doors.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I keep finding them... but these have to be the most magnificent!
Golden and beautiful...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: A sight for sore eyes!
Ah, this is a real wonder!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Magnificent to me!
What a fabulous door Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The incredible things humans can do when they set their minds to it!
I am doing this backwards. What a great door!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile You can can look at them any way you want to- I just appreciate that you look and comment! Thanks so much Rob!

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