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Origins of Renaissance Art: The Baptistery Doors Florence Hardcover – May 2 2000

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For almost any student of art history, "the baptistery doors" will bring to mind the striated marble hexagon of Florence's Baptistery of San Giovanni. Even without including Brunelleschi's failed (but still surviving) entries into the Baptistery competition, The Origins of Renaissance Art: The Baptistery Doors, Florence includes some of the crucial watersheds of Renaissance art. The Italian minister of culture, Antonio Paolucci, offers a heavily illustrated panel-by-panel review of the iconographic programs of Andrea Pisano's doors showing the 20 episodes of the life of John the Baptist; Lorenzo Ghiberti's first doors depicting events in the life of Christ, the Evangelist and the church fathers; and Ghiberti's later Gates of Paradise with their 10 panels describing scenes from the Old Testament.

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This lavish volume - containing comprehensive texts and 294 full color illustrations - serves as an essential and much-needed introduction to the carved bronze doors of Florence's Baptistery, a landmark of Renaissance art. When Florence took cultural command of Italy early in the fifteenth century, inaugurating the Renaissance and establishing itself as the intellectual and artistic capital of southern Europe, one of the key signposts in the new movement was the competition for a design for the east doors of the Baptistery in 1401-02. Andrea Pisano had designed the south doors of the same structure almost three generations earlier. Now, the greatest sculptors of the age - among them Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi - submitted their versions of the sacrifice of Isaac. Ghiberti's more elegant and cohesive version was ultimately selected; his completed doors would, in the end, establish him as one of the most sought-after artists of his day.

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