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The work of art that I chose to do my research paper on was Ghibertis 3rd set of Baptistry Doors These doors are known as The Gates of Paradise The doors were commissioned in 1427 they were finally completed and installed in 1452 at the eastern entrance of the Baptistry of San Giovanni The replication of the doors is located in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral The doors consist of ten square panels gilded together Surrounding the panels are small heads floral motifs and niches that contain miniature statues of Prophets Leonardo Bruni created the iconographic formula taken from stories of the Old Testament Ghiberti followed the plans and created 10 scenes ranging from the Creation of Adam and Eve to the reign of King Solomon The top left panel is the scene of the Creation Temptation and Expulsion of Adam and Eve The top right panel is the scene of Cain murdering Abel The next panel is of Noah and the Flood then Abraham sacrificing Isaac Jacob and Esau Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers Moses receiving the Ten Commandments Joshua and the battle of Jericho David and Goliath and finally Solomon and the Queen of Sheba All the panels were gilded in gold giving them a uniform and seamless perspective Ghiberti was a master of using perspective in his works The attention to detail is apparent when you examine closely the sculpted figures in each panel They all seem three-dimensional The way in which Ghiberti sculpted each figure gives them a shadow against the background which is key to the three-dimensional perspective of each figure The way in which the panels were positioned on the doors is interesting Instead of using smaller panels which would allow for more scenes Ghiberti chose to use large panels that are easy to see The miniature figures and heads surrounding the ten panels is another interesting point The full body figures are Prophets
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