Early Renaissance Florence
 
Vassari described the east doors of the Florence Baptistry as "undeniably perfect in every way and must rank as the finest masterpiece ever created."
 

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Story of Abraham (East Doors of Florence Baptistry), 1425 - 1452.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filippo Brunelleschi, Sacrifice of Isaac, competition panel for east doors, baptistry of Florence Cathedral, 1401 - 1402.
Lorenzo Ghiberti, Sacrifice of Isaac, competition panel for east doors, baptistry of Florence Cathedral,
1401 – 1402.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Gates of Paradise (East Doors of Florence Baptistry), 1425 - 1452.

 

Restoration of Baptistry Doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Adam and Eve (East Doors of Florence Baptistry), 1425 - 1452.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorenzo Ghiberti, Jacob and Esau, c. 1435.

 

"And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." (Genesis 25:22–23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

contrapposto = an Italian term meaning "set against," used to describe the twisted pose resulting from parts of the body set in opposition to each other around a central axis
Kritios Boy, c. 480 BCE.
Donatello, David, c. 1446 - 1460.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

contrapposto = an Italian term meaning "set against," used to describe the twisted pose resulting from parts of the body set in opposition to each other around a central axis
 
 
first free-standing life-sized nude sculpture since antiquity
Donatello, David, c. 1446 - 1460.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donatello, David, c. 1446 - 1460.