Photographer's Note

These are a hastily snapped couple of shots. I could not resist the contrast of the small boy and the enormous doors. I think he was as fascinated by them as I was. I have uploaded an alternative view of the scene which shows the height and carved detail of the doors in total.

Florence's Santa Croce Basilica is truly unique, not only for the beauty of its Gothic style, but for the famous works of art within. Just as unique are the church's external decorations, in this instance, the wooden doors to its entrance.

The doors are thought to have been carved by Giuliano da Sangallo * from 1470-1478 and feature a series of five symmetrical panels on either side, which are joined by very delicate floral carvings, giving an impression of immense depth and detail.

The first panels show two lambs surrounded by greenery, underneath are an urn and a bound book, beneath which the figure of a woman resembling Mary Magdalene and a bishop sporting a miter and crosier reside. Beneath these carvings is another urn and a crucifix surround by foliage. Most surprising, are the many miniature faceless heads that jut out of the door. Their lack of features gives them a sinister quality.

Not much has been written about the door of Santa Croce's famous church, though there is no doubt some fine craftsmanship evident in the rich religious symbols found upon it. *

Here is a larger version

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