This remarkable and beautiful new volume examines twenty-three major artworks that were produced to decorate Sta. Maria del Fiore in Florence, better known to visitors as the Duomo, or cathedral, in the first decades of the 1400s.
These include nine works alone by Donatello, considered one of the greatest and most influential Italian sculptors, including his masterpiece Lo Zuccone, and The Evangelist John which inpsired Michelangelo. There is also a detailed discussion of Ghiberti's gilded bronze Gates of Paradise, created for the Eastern end of the cathedral , which includes remarkable shots of the doors before, and after, their current restoration.
With four chapters by leading scholars, and a catalog presenting over fifty superb color plates of the artworks, beautifully photographed by leading art photographer Antonio Quattrone, this volume explains how these masterpieces had a profound impact on the art of the Italian Renaissance.
This is a major new scholarly survey, and will become a seminal text on the artistic imagination, creativity, and skill of the Florentine Renaissance.
Mons. Timothy Verdon is the director of both the Diocesan Office of Sacred Art and Cultural Heritage Ecclesiastical and the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore.
Daniel Zolli is a doctoral candidate in Harvard University's history of art and architecture department.
Amy R. Bloch is assistant professor of art history at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).
Marco Ciatti is director of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence.
Foreword by Richard P. Townsend, Director, Museum of Biblical Art, New York
Foreword by Franco Lucchesi, President, Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Cathedral: Renaissance Sculpture, Sacred Scripture by Timothy Verdon
"...with immense diligence and discipline": Lorenzo Ghiberti's North Doors and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure's Conservation and Restoration Project by Marco Ciatti
Lorenzo Ghiberti, From the Early Workshop to the Gates of Paradise by Amy Bloch
Donatello’s Visions: The Sculptor at Florence Cathedral by Daniel Zolli
The New Museo dell’Opera del Duomo by Timothy Verdon
Board Members and Staff
"No better guide is available than the fine catalogue that tells the story by way of scholarly but very readable essays and sumptuous illustrations"Marco Grassi, The New Criterion"Delivers impressively sensitive images that capture the subtle textures and gestures of the sculptures"Canadian Art"The copiously illustrated catalog is excellent"Christopher Knight, LA Times"Superb catalog"Barrymore Laurence Scherer, The Wall Street Journal
"No better guide is available than the fine catalogue that tells the story by way of scholarly but very readable essays and sumptuous illustrations"—Marco Grassi, The New Criterion "Delivers impressively sensitive images that capture the subtle textures and gestures of the sculptures"—Canadian Art "The copiously illustrated catalog is excellent"—Christopher Knight, LA Times "Superb catalog"—Barrymore Laurence Scherer, The Wall Street Journal