The Sacrifice of Isaac (Brunelleschi)

The Sacrifice of Isaac (Brunelleschi)

Artist Filippo Brunelleschi

Date 1401-03

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Panel, Gilt bronze

Dimensions 21 x 17″

Housed at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence


The Renaissance began with a competition held by the Guild of Wool Merchants to install a second set of bronze doors on the Baptistery of Saint John, complementing Andrea Pisano’s. Brunelleschi’s trial depicts the Sacrifice of Isaac—Isaac is placed dramatically at the center of the quatrefoil, his body writhing as his father, Abraham, prepares to shed his blood. The forms of a rushing angel, animals, shepherds and surrounding landscape occupy the lobes.