Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Gates of Paradise



The Gates of Paradise, East doors to the Florence Baptistery - Top

The Gates of Paradise, East doors to the Florence Baptistery - BottomThe Gates of Paradise, East doors to the Florence Baptistery - Detail


The east pair of doors to the the Florence Baptistery  or Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistry of St. John), dubbed by Michelangelo as "the Gates of Paradise"

The Baptistry is renowned for its three sets of artistically important bronze doors with relief sculptures. The south doors were done by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

The Italian poet Dante Alighieri and many other notable Renaissance figures, including members of the Medici family, were baptized in this baptistery  In fact, until the end of the nineteenth century, all Catholic Florentines were baptized here.

The octagonal Baptistery stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza di San Giovanni, across from the Duomo cathedral and the Giotto bell tower (Campanile di Giotto).

These are not HDR by the way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Baptistery