South doors of the Baptistry in Florence
by Andrea PISANO

Andrea Pisano had been brought to Florence as a specialist in bronze casting to help make a set of bronze doors for one of the portals of the Florentine Baptistery. These doors include twenty scenes from the life of St John the Baptist with figures of eight virtues below. They consist of bronze panels set in a bronze frame. The figures and many of the raised elements of ornament, architecture, and landscape were originally covered with gold leaf and burnished. The individual compositions of the scenes from the Baptist's life are, with one exception, derived from either the Baptistery mosaics or Giotto's fresco cycle in the Peruzzi Chapel at Santa Croce. The limited depth, well-spaced compositions, and simple stagelike sets are directly related to Giotto's vision of form and space.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
South Doors (Life of St John the Baptist)
1330
Gilded bronze, 486 x 280 cm
Baptistry, Florence

900*1169
True Color
252 Kb



South Doors (Life of St John the Baptist)
1330
Gilded bronze, 486 x 280 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1067*1300
True Color
272 Kb



South Doors
1330
Bronze
Baptistry, Florence

560*866
True Color
146 Kb



Scenes from the Life of St John the Baptist (panels of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze
Baptistry, Florence

772*452
True Color
100 Kb



Baptism of Christ (panels of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze, 39 x 39 cm
Baptistry, Florence

818*937
True Color
113 Kb



Birth of the Baptist (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze
Baptistry, Florence

702*850
True Color
179 Kb



Burial of John the Baptist (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze, 39 x 39 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1000*1147
True Color
207 Kb



Entombment of the Baptist (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze
Baptistry, Florence

608*766
True Color
139 Kb



Naming of the Baptist (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze, 45 x 38 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1100*1232
True Color
178 Kb



The Visitation (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze
Baptistry, Florence

706*844
True Color
164 Kb



The Baptism of the Multitude (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze, 48 x 43 cm
Baptistry, Florence

945*1200
True Color
160 Kb



Fortitude (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze
Baptistry, Florence

660*782
True Color
147 Kb



Hope (panel of the south doors)
1330
Gilt bronze
Baptistry, Florence

653*781
True Color
134 Kb