Open that Door!
The topic of the closed door in art is abundant. Many artists were fascinated from the mistery and the symbolism of a closed door. Ghiberti made one of the most impressive examples in the Renaissance, then Donatello chose the same motive for his "Annunciation". Maybe one of the most popular doors comes from Rodin: "The Gates of Hell" highlight Dante's Inferno as a romantic source of inspiration.
In my personal version, the primary source is Ghiberti's "Porta del Paradiso" in Florence. Instead of the biblical scenes I have painted images that describe the burning issues of our time (climate change, the power of the empires, violence and revolutions, wars...), and instead of the saints and the prophets on the sides, I have painted artists and intellectuals who have influenced or represented the course of the modern Western history from my personal point of view (all in all, 44 heads and statues). They also give us the key to understand and foresee the development of the new millenium ahead... and open that door without fear.
Here below the complete list for each single door leaf:
Elizabeth Jennings Graham
Elena Lucrezia Corner Piscopia
Baruch De Spinoza
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Martin Luther King
Leonardo da Vinci
There are two more heads, actually... one is mine and it is in place of Ghiberti's own head on the original door...
Stefania Pinsone, 120x84 cm, digital painting and print on brushed aluminium, 2016
Gates of Paradise, Lorenzo Ghiberti
Il battistero di San Giovanni, Firenze - Baptistery of Saint John, Florence, 1425