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      //Lorenzo Ghiberti//



      • Known as: Italian Early Renaissance Sculptor
      • Born: 1378, Firenze, Italy
      • Date of death: 1455, Firenze



    • The most famous thing Lorenzo Ghiberti is famous for today is that he made two of the three bronze doors of the Baptistry of Florence. He made the first one after winning a competition in 1402. Before that, he had been a goldsmith, but from 1403-24 he worked principally on the first Doors, and, after completion, was commissioned to do the second pair. That lasted from 1425-52.

      To complete these great projects, he established a large workshop. This became the training ground for artists and painters like Donatello, Masolino and Uccello.

      He still undertook other projects during this period: namely the statues St John Baptist (1414) and the St Matthew (1419-22) for the church of Orsanmichele. Also, between 1417 and 1427 he made two reliefs for the font of the Baptistry in Siena. In 1418, he produced a model of the dome of Florence Cathedral.

      He visited Venice in 1425 before return to Florence where the following year he was commissioned to make the remaining and third pair of doors, He also made the bronze shrine for the Three Martyrs (1428), the bronze Reliquary of St Zenobius (1432-42), the statue St Stephen for Orsanmichele (1428) among others. He also designed stained-glass for Florence Cathedral.

      Towards the end of his life he wrote his Commentarii which included his autobiography.


      Collections:

      • Florence (Bargello, Cath., Sta Croce, S. Egidio, S.M. Novella)




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      lorenzo ghiberti / gates of paradise, eastern doors (esau and jacob) lorenzo ghiberti / gates of paradise, eastern doors (solomon and sheba) lorenzo ghiberti / gates of paradise, eastern doors lorenzo ghiberti / moses receiving the tablets of the law, one of ten relief panels lorenzo ghiberti / the assumption of the virgin lorenzo ghiberti / the flagellation of christ
      lorenzo ghiberti / the meeting of king solomon and the queen of sheba lorenzo ghiberti / the meeting of king solomon and the queen of sheba lorenzo ghiberti / the sacrifice of isaac, bronze competition relief for the baptistry doors, florence, 1401 lorenzo ghiberti / the shrine of st. zenobius showing one long panel depicting the miracle of the strozzi boy lorenzo ghiberti / the shrine of st. zenobius, detail of crowd, 1432-5 lorenzo ghiberti / the shrine of st. zenobius, detail of the crowd from the miracle of the strozzi boy, circa 1432-42
      lorenzo ghiberti / the shrine of st. zenobius, detail of the dead child, circa 1432-42 lorenzo ghiberti / the shrine of st. zenobius, detail of the relief, circa 1432-42 lorenzo ghiberti / the story of cain and abel, the sacrifice, the murder of abel and god banishing cain lorenzo ghiberti / the story of david and goliath, one of ten relief panels from the gates of paradise, 1425-52 lorenzo ghiberti / the story of isaac, angels prophesy the birth of isaac and the angel staying abraham's sword lorenzo ghiberti / the story of jacob and esau, original panel from the east doors of the baptistery, 1425-52

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