BRUNELLESCHI, Filippo
(b. 1377, Firenze, d. 1446, Firenze)

Sacrifice of Isaac

1401
Bronze relief, 45 x 38 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

This panel, together with that made by Lorenzo Ghiberti, both depicting the sacrifice of Isaac, have great artistic and historical importance. They are the famous trial pieces presented in a competition for the right to construct the door of the Baptistry. The lyrical elegance of Ghiberti's version undoubtedly expresses more coherently the famous Biblical episode. Ghiberti won the competition.