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Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise: Humanism, History, and Artistic Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance (Hardback)
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Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise: Humanism, History, and Artistic Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 09/02/2016
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This book examines the heretofore unsuspected complexity of Lorenzo Ghiberti's sculpted representations of Old Testament narratives in his Gates of Paradise (1425-52), the second set of doors he made for the Florence Baptistery and a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance sculpture. One of the most intellectually engaged and well-read artists of his age, Ghiberti found inspiration in ancient and medieval texts, many of which he and his contacts in Florence's humanist community shared, read, and discussed. He was fascinated by the science of vision, by the functioning of nature, and, above all, by the origins and history of art. These unusually well-defined intellectual interests, reflected in his famous Commentaries, shaped his approach in the Gates. Through the selection, imaginative interpretation, and arrangement of biblical episodes, Ghiberti fashioned multi-textured narratives that explore the human condition and express his ideas on a range of social, political, artistic, and philosophical issues.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107099166
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 1680 g
Dimensions: 287 x 225 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Looking at the beautifully restored panels in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, I was struck by how much of Bloch's analysis of the Gates of Paradise impacted my view. Her concentrated focus on what Lorenzo Ghiberti and his friends and patrons were reading, what they probably read, and what he wrote transforms the Gates into texts ... It is this type of detail that will appeal to bronze specialists in particular, though the book should be read by all who work in Italian Renaissance art and literary history. Highly Recommended.' Meghan Callahan, Renaissance Quarterly
'Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise is as much a monograph on a complex work of bronze sculpture, as an exploration of how Italian artists of the era created pictorial narrative ...' Joost Joustra, Oxford Art Journal
'... [An] ambitious, erudite book ... Bloch's ten chapters - one for each panel of the Gates - provide an analysis of Ghiberti's chronological narrative through a detailed description of the scenes.' Luca Palozzi, The Burlington Magazine
'Looking at the beautifully restored panels in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, I was struck by how much of Bloch's analysis of the Gates of Paradise impacted my view. Her concentrated focus on what Lorenzo Ghiberti and his friends and patrons were reading, what they probably read, and what he wrote transforms the Gates into texts ... It is this type of detail that will appeal to bronze specialists in particular, though the book should be read by all who work in Italian Renaissance art and literary history. Highly Recommended.' Meghan Callahan, Renaissance Quarterly
'Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise is as much a monograph on a complex work of bronze sculpture, as an exploration of how Italian artists of the era created pictorial narrative ...' Joost Joustra, Oxford Art Journal
'... [An] ambitious, erudite book ... Bloch's ten chapters - one for each panel of the Gates - provide an analysis of Ghiberti's chronological narrative through a detailed description of the scenes.' Luca Palozzi, The Burlington Magazine

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