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Ghiberti, Lorenzo. Italian designer, sculptor, goldsmith, architect and writer. He was Florentine and first came to prominence as winner of the 1401 competition for a set of bronze doors to the Florence Baptistry, intended to match those of Andrea Pisano. The original brief seems to have been for a set of 28 Old Testament scenes, the trial subject being The Sacrifice of Isaac. Both Ghiberti's winning relief and that of the runnerup, Brunelleschi, survive (Florence, Bargello). The programme was subsequently changed to a series of New Testament scenes, plus saints, but the format of 28 ...

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    Ghiberti, Lorenzo. Italian designer, sculptor, goldsmith, architect and writer. He was Florentine and first came to prominence as winner of the 1401 competition for a set of bronze doors to the Florence Baptistry, intended to match those of Andrea Pisano. The original brief seems to have been for ...

                    

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