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Gates of Paradise (1425-52): Battle Against Philistines

Saul battles against the Philistines and David kills Goliath, with the city of Jerusalem in the background. Detail of the east doors or "Gates of Paradise" by Lorenzo Ghiberti in gilded bronze, 1425-52. The nickname is attributed to Michelangelo, who greatly admired the work. The door shown here is a replica; the original is now protected in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. Florence Baptistery (Battistero di San Giovanni), Florence, Italy.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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