Lorenzo Ghiberti Florentine Early Renaissance writer, goldsmith and sculptor

born in Pelago (1378) and died in Florence (1455), aged 77

Eastern Door of the Florence Baptistery Florence see all

Exterior wall of Orsanmichele Florence see all

Florence Baptistery Florence see all


Bronze Sculpture



David and Goliath see all

Fall of Jericho see all

Joseph Sold into Slavery see all

Moses bringing down the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai see all

The Drunkenness of Noah see all

The Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba see all

The Sacrifice of Isaac see all

Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378 – 1 December 1455), born Lorenzo di Bartolo, was a Florentine Italian artist of the Early Renaissance best known as the creator of the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, 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 _Commentari _contains important writing on art, as well as what may be the earliest surviving autobiography by any artist.

1378 in Pelago

Lorenzo Ghiberti is born in Pelago.

1401 aged 23

Lorenzo Ghiberti works on a doors called Northern Door of the Florence Baptistery over the course of twenty-one years until 1422.

1425 aged 47 in Siena and Florence

April 14

Lorenzo Ghiberti receives a letter from Giovanni Turini, a goldsmith of Siena.

April 16

Lorenzo Ghiberti to Giovanni Turini, goldsmith, of Siena:

1455 aged 77 in Florence

December 1

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