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

The Annunciation

1403-24
Gilded bronze, 52 x 45 cm (inside molding)
Baptistry, Florence

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

Ghiberti's Annunciation scene is related to a number of Late Gothic Annunciation in Florentine art, particularly those by Lorenzo Monaco. In these, Gabriel flies into the scene - a visionary angel with clouds streaming from his feet, his wings beating, still airborne at the command of God the Father, who sends down the dove of the Holy Spirit.