Workers from Belger Cartage on Thursday began installing a pair of massive bronze doors, considered to be the defining moment of the Italian Renaissance, inside the lobby of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The 17-foot-tall gilded doors, weighing more than 4 tons, are casts of the original doors created in the 15th century studio of sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti for the facade of the Baptistery of the Duomo in Florence, Italy. Rich Sugg | rsugg@kcstar.com

You can soon see massive ‘Gates of Paradise’ casts at Nelson-Atkins

A pair of massive bronze doors are being installed this week at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Bloch Building.

The “Gates of Paradise” are 4  12 -ton casts of the original doors created in the 15th century workshop of sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti for a facade at the Baptistery of the Duomo cathedral in Florence, Italy.

The original gates feature panels depicting biblical stories and were on the Baptistery for nearly five centuries, until imminent threat of Nazi bombing forced their removal to a railway tunnel outside Florence.

When the danger passed, casts were made, and a set was purchased by Nelson trustees Paul DeBruce and Linda Woodsmall-DeBruce, who promised them to the museum.

A release from the museum states the installation in the Nelson-Atkins will be the first time the casts will be seen in a U.S. museum. They’ll be on view for museum visitors beginning in September.

More info on the gates can be found at nelson-atkins.org.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese


You can soon see massive ‘Gates of Paradise’ casts at Nelson-Atkins