Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Gates of Paradise

From Ennis the Menace (yesterday's post) to Lorenzo Ghiberti's Renaissance masterpiece The Gates of Paradise, London Art News gets around. Restorers have been working on these magnificent bronze doors - named in admiration by Michelangelo - for the last 27 years. The before and after photos give you a glimpse of the change in their appearance. Tourists in Florence haven't missed them, because copies were placed in the octagonal Baptistery of San Giovanni. The Gates of Paradise are now considered too precious to be reintroduced to the blight of modern Florentine air, so the plan is to keep them in a museum (CLICK for BBC News with a video). CLICK for a very high resolution panorama, but do note the warning about freezing your browser.


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