Ghiberti's Gates Of Paradise Banner
Upper Design
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Panel 3 Story 3
Panel 4 Story 4
Panel 5 Story 5
Panel 6 Story 6
Panel 7 Story 7
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Decoration
Lower Design
The story of Jacob and Esau are featured in this panel, which, more than any other panel expresses the Renaissance aesthetic. The elegantly-proportioned halls and pavement of Isaac's house are shown in linear perspective, a new discovery of Ghiberti's friend Alberti. The spacious airy arches contrast with the tortured plot. Jacob, Isaac's younger but cagier son, manages to swindle his brother Esau out of his rightful inheritance by posing as Esau before the nearly-blind Isaac. The theme of "smarter younger brother" runs through several panels, and may reflect Ghiberti's own background.

 

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