Mumbai museum opens doors to Florentine Renaissance


Florentine masterpieces, as the museum-quality replica of the Gates of Paradise and the first eight panels of the North Door of the Florence Baptistery, are now exceptionally displayed in Mumbai for three months.

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum hosts one of the most-acclaimed masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance through a special collaboration with the Guild of the Dome Association, the Kunsthistorisches Institute, Florence, and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s (Italian, 1378-1455) The Gates of Paradise (1425-52).

On display in India for the first time, the exhibition presents the full-scale lost-wax bronze replica of The Gates of Paradise as an “ambassador” to the Florentine Renaissance, accompanied also by a rich collection of high-quality historical and contemporary photographs that document Florence, and the Ghiberti’s North Door panel replicas, which restoration has been possible thanks to Guild Of The Dome association and that demonstrate technical innovations in lost-wax bronze casting.

 “It’s a great opportunity for us to have in India for the first time such an important and globally known artistic piece.” Explained Mr. Niraj Bajaj, promoter of the exhibition as one of the first founding member of the Guild of The Dome “And it’s amazing to see The Gates of Paradise, usually located at the Eastern entrance to the Florence Baptistery, here in the Kamalnayan Bajaj Special Exhibitions Gallery. I strongly believe that this event represents a unique occasion for Indian people to compare different artistic traditions and restoration technologies”.

 Exhibition on view from 30th March to 3rd June, 2014