Lorenzo Ghiberti


Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455 CE) was an Italian Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith whose most famous work is the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery of Florence's cathedral. These doors, which took 27 years to complete, were so impressive that Michelangelo (1475-1564 CE) famously described them as the 'Gates of Paradise', a name which has stuck ever since. Another major contribution to the history of art is Ghiberti's autobiographical Commentaries, an invaluable record of the Renaissance art world in the mid-15th century CE and the oldest surviving autobiography by a European artist.

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  • 1376 - 1455
    Life of the Italian Renaissance artist Lorenzo Ghiberti.
  • c. 1403 - c. 1423
    The Italian Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti works on his first set of doors for the Baptistery of Florence Cathedral.
  • 1404 - 1407
    The Italian Renaissance artist Donatello is an apprentice or assistant to Lorenzo Ghiberti.
  • 1407 - 1412
    The Italian Renaissance artist Paolo Uccello is an apprentice in the workshop of Lorenzo Ghiberti in Florence.
  • 1425 - 1452
    The Italian Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti works on his second set of doors, the 'Gates of Paradise', for the Baptistery of Florence's Cathedral.
  • c. 1450
    The Italian Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti writes his Commentaries, a mix of art history and autobiography.