Eastern Door of the Baptistry in Florence (Porta del Paradiso)
by Lorenzo GHIBERTI

The eastern door of the Baptistry is the masterpiece of Ghiberti, who worked on it for 27 years, lavishing on it all the richness of his imagination, combined with a fine sense of composition and profound knowledge of the modeller's art. Michelangelo defined the door as fit to be the "gate of Paradise".

The door, a universally admired masterpiece, has ten panels depicting Biblical scenes. At the centre of the door at left is the self-portrait of Ghiberti. The door's original gilding has recently been recovered from beneath the patina formed over the centuries. It was badly damaged by Florence's flood in 1966 when the waters of the Arno reached a height of more than 180 cm. After restoration it was moved to the museum of the Cathedral and substituted by a copy.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Eastern Door of the Baptistry
1425-52
Bronze with gilding, 599 x 462 cm
Baptistry, Florence

820*1111
True Color
197 Kb



Eastern Door of the Baptistry
1425-52
Bronze with gilding, 599 x 462 cm
Baptistry, Florence

612*909
True Color
142 Kb



Discovery of the Golden Cup
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 80 x 79
Baptistry, Florence

968*909
True Color
162 Kb



Discovery of the Golden Cup (detail)
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

928*602
True Color
149 Kb



Jacob and Esau
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1016*1000
True Color
166 Kb



Jacob and Esau (detail)
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

930*570
True Color
163 Kb



The Story of Joseph
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

920*909
True Color
195 Kb



Noah and the Flood
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1021*1000
True Color
194 Kb



Noah and the Flood (detail)
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

944*626
True Color
195 Kb



The Creation of Adam and Eve
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

955*954
True Color
195 Kb



Creation of Adam and Eve
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

827*828
True Color
127 Kb



The Creation of Adam and Eve (detail)
1425-52
Bronze
Baptistry, Florence

590*778
True Color
153 Kb



Cain and Abel
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

902*901
True Color
194 Kb



Cain and Abel (detail)
1425-52
Bronze
Baptistry, Florence

582*780
True Color
148 Kb



Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1000*1036
True Color
187 Kb



Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

827*828
True Color
157 Kb



Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (detail)
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

1405*718
True Color
236 Kb



The Story of Abraham
1425-52
Gilded bronze, 79 x 79 cm
Baptistry, Florence

1072*1064
True Color
189 Kb



Biblical Person (detail from the east door)
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

265*850
True Color
67 Kb



Self-Portrait
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

800*1326
True Color
151 Kb



Sibyl (detail from the east door)
1425-52
Gilded bronze
Baptistry, Florence

315*852
True Color
106 Kb