The Eastern Door of the Baptistry of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, that is, the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy.

This is the masterpiece of Ghiberti, who worked on it for 27 years, lavishing on it all the richness of his imagination, combined with a fine sense of composition and profound knowledge of the modeller’s art. Michelangelo defined the door as fit to be the “gate of Paradise”.

The door, a universally admired masterpiece, has ten panels depicting Biblical scenes. At the centre of the door at left is the self-portrait of Ghiberti. The door’s original gilding has recently been recovered from beneath the patina formed over the centuries. It was badly damaged by Florence’s flood in 1966 when the waters of the Arno reached a height of more than 180 cm. After restoration it was moved to the museum of the Cathedral and substituted by a copy.


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  • Mayina
    Mayinaalmost 6 years ago


  • Carlos Teófilo
    Carlos Teófiloalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Tom.

  • lareejc
    lareejcalmost 6 years ago

    wow – this is just so gorgeous..impressive shot :)

  • kia3
    kia3almost 6 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    great shot

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