Pictures of the Baptistry of Florence Duomo Mosaics and Door. Photos & Images { 58 images } Created 28 Nov 2012

Pictures images photos of the Florence Baptistry or Battistero di San Giovanni. The Baptistry of the Florence Duomo is an octagonal building that stands before the main doors of the Duomo in the Piazza di San Giovanni. It is one of the oldest buildings in Florence being built between 1059 and 1128 in a Romanesque style and it is renowned for its three sets of important bronze doors with bas relief sculptures. Every important and noteworthy Florentine from the middle ages to the 19th century was baptised in the Baptistry. The poet Dante Alighieri and the members of the Medici family were baptised in the Baptistry. In the middle ages many octagonal Baptistries were built, the number 8 representing the 6 days of creation, a day of rest and a day of re-creation through the sacrament of Baptism. The interior ceiling of the Baptistry is covered with Byzantine style mosaics made by Venetian craftsmen who started the work in 1225 under the direction of Franciscan Friar Jacopo do Torrita. In keeping with the popular themes of the period the mosaics depict the last judgement with the dead rising to be judged by Christ. The figures to the left of Christ and damned and sent to hell where demons are depicted torturing the damned roasting them on spits, to the right of Christ the saved enter heaven. These graphic images were designed to keep the worshipers on a righteous path. Other panels show scenes from the life of Joseph, the life of Mary and scenes showing Adam & Eve being expelled from the garden of Eden. Tiers of Apostles flank Christ on one side and angels with typical Byzantine style wings are on the other. The Byzantine style shows the artistic influence the Eastern Roman Byzantine Empire still had over the west as it emerged from a long period know as the dark ages. The Baptistry ceiling is a riot of gold and bright colors which is still awe inspiring today. Buy as high resolution stock royalty free images of travel images to download on line or buy as photo art prints. The mosaics also have scenes from the Last Judgement, a popular medieval subject, with sinners being devoured by a particularly gruesome devil.

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