Ghiberti

4019 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named for Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455), one of the most famous Italian sculptors. In the pestilence year of 1400 he vowed to create new porches for the Baptisterium, the oldest church in Florence. Donatello, Brunelleschi {see planets (6056) and (6055)} and Ghiberti together created the bronze door - the so-called Paradise door - in 41 years. In 1414 Ghiberti created the first large renaissance bronze statue of St. John the Baptist. He also worked in Siena. (M 26764)

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