Ghiberti, Sacrifice of Isaac, Baptistry Competition Panel



27 cm x 21 cm

Bargello Museum

This relief, displayed at the Bargello, was Ghiberti’s entrance into the famous competition of 1401. This was chosen as the winner, thus securing Ghiberti’s position as the creator of the Gates of Paradise. The “strong, vital rhythm” (Clark, 12) inherent in this piece forces us to concentrate on the terrible subject, bringing into the minds of Renaissance viewers the eternal struggle between Faith and Reason. This struggle can be seen as a highlight of the Renaissance, and what better proof than to see it so clearly identifying in an object that launched the Renaissance, as we know it.