Florence Baptistery, Florence

Exterior from Southeast
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Reconstructed in the mid-11th century, the cathedral baptistery is one of Florence's oldest buildings and greatest art treasures. It is covered inside and out with splendid medieval and Renaissance decoration.

Go Historic ID
319672
Short URL
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Names
Florence Baptistery
Address
Piazza San Giovanni
Florence, Italy
50129
Postcode
50129
Coordinates
43.773188° N, 11.255053° E
Phone
055-230-2885
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

1403
Lorenzo Ghiberti wins competition to design doors of Florence Baptistery

Lorenzo Ghiberti wins the competition to design bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery. He will complete the north door in 1424 and the east door in 1452. Both are important works representing the transition from Gothic to Early Renaissance art.

475

The first baptistery of Florence is constructed in the 5th or early 6th century next to the ancient cathedral. It is smaller than the present baptistery but similar in form and in the same location.

1050
Florence Baptistery is reconstructed

Florence Baptistery is reconstructed on a larger scale. This is the building that survives today, although its appearance will be much altered in the following centuries.

May 5, 2008
November 15, 2010

Resources

  1. The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti's Renaissance Masterpiece
  2. The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World
  3. The Origins of Renaissance Art: The Baptistery Doors, Florence
  4. The Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence
  5. Official Website of the Florence Baptistery Official website.