The Gates of Paradise

The Gates of Paradise

When Michelangelo looked at the east doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni he stated that they were worthy enough to be the gates to paradise - the gates to heaven.

Let me say that again: When Michelangelo looked at the east doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni he stated that they were worthy enough to be the gates to paradise.

These doors that you are looking at now. Awed Michelangelo. If that thought doesn't smack you in the head I don't know what will.

They took Lorenzo Ghiberti 27 years to complete. The ten panels depict different scenes from the old testament with each panel showing multiple aspects of the different scenes. If you combine these with the north doors, Ghiberti spent 50 years sculpting the entrances to the Baptistry.

The alternate image (hover over the little "+" to see) is a close up of the top two panels on the left side. The top one shows the creation of Adam and Eve, the temptation and their expulsion from the garden of Eden. In the bottom left of the panel, God creates Adam. In the middle, He creates Eve. Just above the creation of Adam is the temptation by the serpent and in the bottom right is their expulsion from the garden.

The lower panel depicts Noah and what happened after the epic floods receded. My synopsis won't sound very biblical and mythical but Noah, after building an alter to the Lord, settled down and planted a vineyard. Of course, what naturally comes after that is that he is found lying naked and drunk on the ground by his sons who cover him up and walk away in shame. That's Noah in the bottom left lying next to a giant cask of wine. Not so dignified for the guy who saved all of the worlds creatures, but hey, who's perfect? At least he didn't wreck the garden of Eden like those other two.

Coming at the beginning of the renaissance, these panels show so much more than what is immediately obvious. The reclining Adam gave Michelangelo the Adam for the Sistine Chapel and Eve appears again later as a dead ringer for Botticelli's "Venus Rising". Other panels are similarly influential.

I'm really not religious at all (rather down on the entire subject actually) but to actually see and read the histories of everywhere I went on this trip is just fascinating.

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The Gates of Paradise

The Gates of Paradise

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When Michelangelo looked at the east doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni he stated that they were worthy enough to be the gates to paradise - the gates to heaven.

Let me say that again: When Michelangelo looked at the east doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni he stated that they were worthy enough to be the gates to paradise.

These doors that you are looking at now. Awed Michelangelo. If that thought doesn't smack you in the head I don't know what will.

They took Lorenzo Ghiberti 27 years to complete. The ten panels depict different scenes from the old testament with each panel showing multiple aspects of the different scenes. If you combine these with the north doors, Ghiberti spent 50 years sculpting the entrances to the Baptistry.

The alternate image (hover over the little "+" to see) is a close up of the top two panels on the left side. The top one shows the creation of Adam and Eve, the temptation and their expulsion from the garden of Eden. In the bottom left of the panel, God creates Adam. In the middle, He creates Eve. Just above the creation of Adam is the temptation by the serpent and in the bottom right is their expulsion from the garden.

The lower panel depicts Noah and what happened after the epic floods receded. My synopsis won't sound very biblical and mythical but Noah, after building an alter to the Lord, settled down and planted a vineyard. Of course, what naturally comes after that is that he is found lying naked and drunk on the ground by his sons who cover him up and walk away in shame. That's Noah in the bottom left lying next to a giant cask of wine. Not so dignified for the guy who saved all of the worlds creatures, but hey, who's perfect? At least he didn't wreck the garden of Eden like those other two.

Coming at the beginning of the renaissance, these panels show so much more than what is immediately obvious. The reclining Adam gave Michelangelo the Adam for the Sistine Chapel and Eve appears again later as a dead ringer for Botticelli's "Venus Rising". Other panels are similarly influential.

I'm really not religious at all (rather down on the entire subject actually) but to actually see and read the histories of everywhere I went on this trip is just fascinating.

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Posted: 2009-11-15 | 00:03