Purchased from Giovanni Franchi in 1871 for £10
The Sacrifice of Isaac
Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy
In 1401, the Arte di Calimala (the guild of the merchants dealing in foreign cloth and export) decided to commission a second bronze door for the Baptistry of Florence, to accompany the door completed by Andrew Pisano sixty-four years earlier. A competition was held for which seven competitors submitted trial reliefs of the Sacrifice of Isaac. The copy here is of Brunelleschi's competition entry, which was rejected in favour of that of Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378/81-1455).