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Ivanovich Fedor, The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon a drawing after Lorenzo Ghiberti

1798/1798

British Museum

British Museum

The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon is the subject of one of the ten panels of the doors known as the Gates of Paradise, the Renaissance masterpiece designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378–1455) for the Baptistery of the Duomo in Florence in around 1426-52. The panels, based on episodes from the Old Testament, were cast in bronze and gilded to create a shimmering effect.

This drawing is a design for one of a set of etchings after the Gates of Paradise etched and published by Ivanovich Fedor (1765–1832), a Russian artist based in Karlsruhe in Germany. Fedor has imitated Ghiberti's contrasts of shallow and high relief, applying brown washes to indicate the deep shadows around the principal figures while drawing the architecture in line only.

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  • Title: Ivanovich Fedor, The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon a drawing after Lorenzo Ghiberti
  • Date Created: 1798/1798
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 517.00mm; Width: 522.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: drawn
  • Subject: old testament
  • Registration number: 1854,0211.82
  • Producer: Drawn by Kalm. After
  • Material: paper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Granville

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