Lorenzo Ghiberti, Sculptor

By Nathan Musgrave


Lorenzo Ghiberti was born in Pelago, Italy in 1378. He spent most of his life in Florence, Italy. He was first trained as a painter in his stepfather's workshop in Florence. Later, he trained as a sculptor and became very well known in Florence for most of his career. He created the North and East doors of the Florence Baptistery, Last Supper, and many more sculptures. Ghiberti had one patron who influenced him. His name was Leon Battista Alberti.

Ghiberti's Work

This is the East Door of the Florence Baptistery. It was dubbed the "Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo. It was created in 1425. The East Door still exists today on the Florence Baptistery. This piece is so significant because it still exists today despite being constructed in 1425. I find this piece interesting because it not only still exists but the gold, bronze, and silver on the doors is still visible today. This art piece exemplifies humanism because not all of his sculptures played a dominant role in religion.

MLA Citations

"Artstor Library." Artstor Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

"Lorenzo Ghiberti." International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture. Gale, 1993. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.