The Sacrifice of Isaac (Ghiberti)

The Sacrifice of Isaac (Ghiberti)

Artist Lorenzo Ghiberti

Date 1401-03

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Panel, Gilt bronze

Dimensions 21 x 17″

Housed at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence


Ghiberti ultimately won the competition held by the Guild of Wool Merchants. His trial, here, demonstrates his mastery of composition—forms are skillfully placed within the awkward lobes of the quatrefoil. Ghiberti treats Abraham’s garments and Isaac’s anatomy in the Classical manner—a hallmark of the Renaissance. This work was cast in one piece, while Brunelleschi’s was not.