Art Buzz June 7, 2012: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gate of Paradise restored



Ghiberti’s Gate of Paradise restored

‘Extraordinary’ 27-year work says culture minister

Source:, 6-7-12

Ghiberti's Gate of Paradise restored

One of the glories of early Renaissance Italian art, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gate of Paradise for the Florence Baptistery, has completed a 27-year restoration, Culture Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi said Thursday.

The Gate, whose famed gilding has been burnished with painstaking care and cutting-edge techniques, will be put on show at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo from September 8, Ornaghi said.

Ornaghi paid tribute to the “extraordinary” work the restorers did.

Ghiberti, having established his reputation with his work on the northern gate of the Florence Baptistery in the early 15th century, was commissioned to design the eastern door in 1425.

It took him 27 years to complete the 20-foot-high masterpieces, 10 panels showing episodes from the Old Testament….READ MORE