"The famous doors of the Baptistry" In General... Tip by KiNyA

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  The East doors
by KiNyA

Favorite thing: I'm sure everyone knows the East doors of the Baptistry. They were commissioned in 1401 to mark Florence's deliverance from the plague. Ghiberti was chosen after a competition involving some leading artists, such as Donatello and Brunalleschi. The Gate of Paradise, as they are called, were finished in 1452 after 28 years of Ghiberti's difficult work.

Fondest memory: The East doors are are made of 10 parts. Each presents an important event in the past:
1. Adam and Eve are expelled from eden
2. Cain murders his brother, Abel
3. The drunkenness of Noah and his sacrifice
4. Abraham and the sacrifice od Isaac
5. Esau and Jacob
6. Joseph sold into slavery
7. Moses receives the ten commandments
8. The fall of Jerricho
9. The battle with the philistnes
10. Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 26, 2003
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