Bronze Doors

Lorenzo Ghiberti, early 15th century. Bronze doors, Baptistery of San Giovanni,  Florence.

Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378–1455) was among the most prolific and innovative sculptors in Renaissance Florence. He is best remembered for The Gates of Paradise, the magnificent doors of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, cast in glittering bronze. Ghiberti worked for more than 20 years on the 28 panels of the doors, casting and recasting them until they were completed in 1424.

The image is a panel from the doors, depicting the dramatic story of God, accompanied by a host of angels, revealing the Ten Commandments to Moses. Moses stands before this heavenly group on the top of Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of the law. In the foreground, the Israelites stand outside their desert encampment, in awe of the divine revelation.

Moses receives the tablets of the law at Sinai

Characteristic of a deity (a god or goddess).

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