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Florentine sculptor, 1378 - 1455

"The scene [in the competition to design the new doors to the Baptistery], which Lorenzo offered as a specimen, which can still be seen in the audience chamber of the Merchants Guild, was absolutely perfect in every detail...the whole work was finished so carefully that it seemed to have been breathed into shape rather than cast and then polished with iron tools." I-109
The Sacrifice of Isaac, Bargello, Florence
Having won the competition "Lorenzo started work on the doors for the entrance opposite the Office of Works of San Giovanni...The arrangement of scenes followed that which Andrea Pisano had adopted earlier for the first door. Lorenzo did twenty scenes from the New Testament, leaving underneath eight corresponding spaces" I-109
The North Doors, Baptistery, Florence
"Starting from below on the side nearer Santa Maria del Fiore, the first of the four pictures shows the Annunciation of Our Lady" I-110

"Lorenzo conveys in the pose of the Virgin her sudden fear and alarm as she turns, with exquisite grace, when the angel appears" I-110

Detail of the Annunciation
"Beside this scene he represented the Nativity of Christ, with St Joseoh meditating and the shepherds and angels singing." I-110

The Nativity
"On the other side of the door, on the same line, follows the scene showing the coming of the Magi who are adoring Christ and offering him their tribute; their servants and horses and the rest of their retinue follow them and are very skilfully portrayed." I-110

The Adoration of the Magi
"Lorenzo showed Jesus Christ bound to the column, his face somewhat contorted from the pain of the scourging, in an attitude of compassion and contrasted with the Jews who are beating him with terrible expressions of rage and hatred." I-111

The Flagellation of Christ
"Next we see Christ being led before Pilate, who washes his hands and condemns him to the Cross." I-111

Pilate washes his hands
"He did the Crucifixion of Christ, showing Or Lady and St John the Evangelist sitting on the ground, desolate and outraged." I-111

The Crucifixion

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