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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Just As We Thought!

posted by on July 18 at 12:52 PM

Parts of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise—a masterwork of Renaissance sculpture—are coming to Seattle.

Back in May, I noted here on Slog that the Art Institute of Chicago’s web site named Seattle Art Museum as a stop for the famed gilt panels, which have never before been seen in North America and will only be in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and Seattle before returning to Italy, where the government says they will not travel again.

SAM sent out its press release this morning for the traveling show, tentatively scheduled to make its Northwest visit January 26 through April 6, 2008.

In the show are three original panels and four sculptures, two before restoration and two after.

It will be a classical moment: Also on view at SAM during that time will be Roman Art from the Louvre (February 21-May 11, 2008).

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No if they only transplant Perche No gelateria from Florence for the visit... but that's probably too much to ask for.

Posted by kinaidos | July 18, 2007 1:06 PM

I'll be there somehow.

Posted by Matt from Denver | July 18, 2007 1:20 PM

Shit. You mean I traveled all the way to Florence last year to drool over the Baptistry Doors, only to learn now that they will be right here in SEA? :-)

Actually, to see them in Florence is amazing. The Baptistry itself is unbelievable; the doors and the Ghiberti's panels give you a hint of the wonders that exist inside.

Posted by Brad | July 18, 2007 2:03 PM

oh awesome! who's gonna run through these panels of artsy cloth with me like a screaming banshee? anyone?

Posted by marie | July 18, 2007 4:20 PM

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