(b. 1378, Firenze, d. 1455, Firenze)
Sacrifice of Isaac1401
Bronze relief, 45 x 38 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
This panel, together with that made by Filippo Brunelleschi, 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.