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Monday, July 8, 2013

The Baptistry of San Giovani - The Gates of Paradise

In connection with Teaser Tuesday over at Miz B's blog, here's my snippet:


In Dan Brown's "Inferno" we read from the end of chapter 53:

"Crafted of gilded bronze and over fifteen feet tall, the doors had taken Lorenzo Ghiberti more than twenty years to complete. They were adorned with ten intricate panels of delicate biblical figures of such quality that Giorgio Vasari had called the doors "undeniably perfect in every way and . . . the finest masterpiece ever created."

It had been Michelangelo, however, whose gushing testimonial had provided the doors with a nickname that endured even today. Michelangelo had proclaimed them so beautiful as to be fit for use . . . as the Gates of Paradise."



This is The Baptistry of San Giovani, which Brown described in the above passage:



It's located next to the more famous Il Duomo, in the heart of Florence, Italy:



And here are the "Gates of Paradise", the doors of The Baptistry of San Giovani:



I must admit, they are stunningly impressive!

14 comments:

Jose said...

I loved Inferno! I was really glad it wasn't like The Lost Symbol, as I didn't like it very much...

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Jose, I'm half way through Inferno and loving it too! Thanks for your visit :)

Karen and Gerard said...

That's nice of you to show the picture of the description. Enjoying this book?
Here's our 4: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2013/07/tuesday-teasers.html

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Karen, reading is slow progress but I'm enjoying it a lot :)

Yvonne said...

Great post! It's been awhile since I've read anything by this author. This sounds excellent.

Linsey Pop said...

Haven't read it yet but it's on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. Love Dan Brown.

Linsey @ mybooksnthings.com

Kathy Martin said...

I haven't gotten the new Dan Brown yet but hope to soon. My teasers this week are from Playing to Win by Jaci Burton and Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George. Happy reading!

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Lovely teaser! Those doors are stunning!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Good teaser, beautiful pictures.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/teaser-tuesday_9.html

angrygreycatreads.com said...

I haven't read Dan Brown since Angels and Demons, the pictures are certainly intriguing.

bookskeepmesane said...

Inferno is quite controversial among Filipinos because of something Brown said about Manila ... I've never read any of his books but this one is rather interesting :)

here’s mine
http://bookskeepmesane.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/teaer-tuesday-july-9-2013/

Book Blather said...

Thinking there should be an illustrated edition of the Inferno! ....

Wilma NC said...

I'm reading this now. Can't put it down! I'm reading a paperback, and find I am spending quite a bit of time going back to my iPad to look up people, places, and pictures. Which is how I stumbled upon your blog, lol.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

Wilma NC, glad that you stumbled upon my blog here. Thanks for your visit!

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