Ghiberti's Gates Of Paradise Banner
Upper Design
Main Page
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Decoration
Lower Design
This panel shows Noah's ark, as the early theologian Origen described it, a huge pyramid. The ark has landed on Mt. Ararat after the Flood, and Noah and his family emerge, looking very tired after the voyage. Birds swarm out of the top windows, and lions, a bear, a stag and even an elephant wander around regaining their land legs. An accusative foreground story recounts how Noah's son Ham, finding his father lying drunk and half-nude, called his brothers to cover him rather than covering Noah himself.

 

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