Ghiberti's Gates Of Paradise Banner
Upper Design
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Decoration
Lower Design
Full of detail, because of its low position, this panel features David's defeat of Goliath. As David decapitates the fallen giant with the latter's sword, the Israelite army under King Saul take heart and press forward to victory against the disogranized and demoralized Phillistines. The battle scene is starkly realistic, and reflects Venetian/Ottoman battles of the day. In the background, a victorious David brings Goliath's head to Jerusalem, a large walled city not unlike Ghiberti's Florence.

 

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