In 1452, Florentine sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti (Italian, c. 1378-1455) unveiled a masterpiece that had been a quarter-century in the making: ten bronze panels depicting intricate scenes from the Old Testament. The monumental gilded bronze doors (each more than 15 feet tall) were designed for the Baptistery in the Piazza del Duomo in Florence. Centuries of admirers have considered “The Gates of Paradise” one of the great masterworks of Western art.
This extensively illustrated book displays the full glory and elaborate details of many of the newly restored bronze panels as well as the extraordinary work of the conservators and restorers who cleaned the priceless doors. In addition, expert contributors capture Ghiberti’s world, his remarkable talent, the challenging craft of bronze sculpture, the relationships between Renaissance patrons and artists, and the collaborations and rivalries among artists. A chronology of Ghiberti’s life completes this lavishly produced volume.
184 pages with 269 color illustrations; 7 1/2" x 12" x 7/8".
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