South doors of the Baptistery in Florence
by Andrea PISANO

Andrea Pisano had been brought to Florence as a specialist in bronze casting to help make a set of bronze doors for one of the portals of the Florentine Baptistery. These doors include twenty scenes from the life of St John the Baptist with figures of eight virtues below. They consist of bronze panels set in a bronze frame. The figures and many of the raised elements of ornament, architecture, and landscape were originally covered with gold leaf and burnished. The individual compositions of the scenes from the Baptist's life are, with one exception, derived from either the Baptistery mosaics or Giotto's fresco cycle in the Peruzzi Chapel at Santa Croce. The limited depth, well-spaced compositions, and simple stagelike sets are directly related to Giotto's vision of form and space.

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South doors (Life of St John the Baptist)
1330
Gilded bronze, 486 x 280 cm
Baptistery, Florence


South doors (Life of St John the Baptist)
1330
Gilded bronze, 486 x 280 cm
Baptistery, Florence


South doors
1330
Bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 1. The angel announces to Zachariah
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 2. Zachariah is struck mute
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 3. Visitation
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 4. Birth of the Baptist
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 5. Zachariah writes the boy's name
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 6. St John as boy in the desert
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 7. He preaches to the Pharisees
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 8. He announces Christ
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 9. Baptism of his disciples
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 10. Baptism of Jesus
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 11. St John reprimands Herod Antipas
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 12. Incarceration of St. John
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 13. The disciples visit St John
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 14. The disciples visit Jesus
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 15. Dance of Salome
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 16. Decapitation of St. John
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 17. Presentation of St John's head to Herod Antipas
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 18. Salome takes the head to Herodias
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 19. Transport of the body of St. John
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: 20. Burial
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: A. Hope
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: B. Faith
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: C. Charity
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: D. Humility
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: E. Fortitude
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: F. Temperance
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: G. Justice
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors panels: H. Prudence
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence


South doors (detail)
1330
Gilded bronze
Baptistery, Florence



Works by Andrea PISANO
South doors of the Baptistery
Reliefs on the Campanile
| west side | south side | east side | north side |
Various works



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