"Baptistry doors" Battistero San Giovanni- Baptistry Tip by margaretvn
Battistero San Giovanni- Baptistry, Florence: 93 reviews and 170 photos
Take a close look at the beautiful doors.
These doors by Ghiberti were commissioned in 1401 to celebrate the cities deliverance from the plague. Ghiberti was chosen to make a set of doors after a competition which involved seven top artists. These included Donatello, and Brunelleschi.
Ghiberti spent 21 years working on the North doors and was then commissioned to make the East doors (1424-1452). Michelangelo called the doors the 'Gate of Paradise'. The original doors are now displayed in the Museo dell Opera del Duomo and the ones on the Baptistry are copies.
There are three sets of doors, the oldest being those on the south side.
The south side doors illustrate the life of John the Baptist who is the titular saint of the Baptistery and the city's patron. They were fashioned by Andrea Pisano in the 1330's.
The north doors were made in 1402 - 1425 and these doors show the life of Christ.
The 'youngest doors' are the east ones and were called the 'Doors of Paradise' by my favourite artist Michelangelo. They show scenes from the Old Testament. They were modelled and cast by Ghiberti between the years 1425 - 1450. The doors have now been replaced by copies.
Address: Piazza del Duomo
othercontact: open: 12.00 - 18.30 monday - sat
Phone: +39 055 230 2885
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