Friday, June 08, 2012

In the News: Ghiberti’s Door of Paradise



I have featured Lorenzo Ghiberti's 15th-century door, which bears scenes from the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, on this blog before (click here). The eight-ton gilded bronze door is so splendid that Michelangelo dubbed it the "Door of Paradise." Now, after 27 years of restoration work in Florence, it will be unveiled to the public again. It will not be going back in its place on the baptistery of Florence's duomo, or cathedral. Instead, starting on Sept. 8, it will go on display in a case at a Florence museum, the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, to preserve it from renewed damage. The scene above was supplied to news organizations by the Museo. It depicts the creation of Eve out of a sleeping Adam.


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