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The Bapistry of San Giovanni, Florence by Douglas Graebner
February 25, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: architecture, art

You all know the gates of paradise*, but how many of you know the building they are attached to?

The bapistry is of uncertain age, but today is considered to have been completed between 1059 and 1128. However, it is sufficiently classical in appearance that it was at one time belived to be a repurposed pagan temple.

Without further ado:

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The exterior.  Note how the architect decided to split the exterior plilasters, as well as the “fake windows”.

A link to a virtual tour of the bapistry. The chairs against one door should give you an idea of the scale.

http://viewer.arounder.com/firenze/arounder_specials/florence_baptistry/baptistry_interior.html

Look up.

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Tomb of Antipope John XXXIII by Donatello and Michelozzo

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