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

The Story of Joseph

1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

Each panel of the Gates of Paradise depicts several episodes of a biblical narrative. In the Story of Joseph a huge crowd takes part in the main action before the circular building which forms the background, yet despite the number of actors the scene combines coherence and unity with delicate, sinous charm, but the new interest in a perspective setting imparts a new logic and new order.

The panel is showing clearly the brilliant modelling technique and perfect perspective, so that the figures stand out against the architectural background and the work seems almost a painting in bronze.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 5 minutes):
Étienne Nicolas Méhul: Joseph, aria