GHIBERTI, Lorenzo
(b. 1378, Firenze, d. 1455, Firenze)

Adoration of the Magi

1403-24
Gilded bronze, 39 x 39 cm
Baptistry, Florence

This is one of the 20 scenes from the life of Christ depicted on the north door of the Baptistry.

The Adoration of the Magi from earlier in the modeling history of the doors show Ghiberti generally indebted to Andrea Pisano's interpretation of the Gothic in the south doors of the Baptistry in his construction of a narrow spatial ledge in front of the relief to suggest some spatial setting and in the decorative and lyrical complexity of the drapery and the energetic swaying of the bodies.