Lorenzo Ghiberti

Lorenzo Ghiberti (UK: /ɡɪˈbɛərti/, US: /ɡˈ-/,[1][2][3] Italian: [loˈrɛntso ɡiˈbɛrti]; 1378 – 1 December 1455), born Lorenzo di Bartolo, was an Italian Renaissance sculptor from Florence, a key figure in the Early Renaissance, best known as the creator of two sets of bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, the later one called by Michelangelo the Gates of Paradise. Trained as a goldsmith and sculptor, he established an important workshop for sculpture in metal. His book of Commentarii contains important writing on art, as well as what may be the earliest surviving autobiography by any artist.

Lorenzo Ghiberti
Lorenzo Ghiberti on Gates of Paradise
modern copy Florence Baptistery
Born
Lorenzo di Bartolo

1378 (1378)
Died1 December 1455(1455-12-01) (aged 73–74)
Florence, Republic of Florence
NationalityFlorentine
Known forSculpture
Notable workGates of Paradise, Florence Baptistery
MovementEarly Renaissance

Ghiberti's career was dominated by his two successive commissions for pairs of bronze doors to the Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni). They are recognized as a major masterpiece of the Early Renaissance, and were famous and influential from their unveiling.


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