Copy of Doors

1874 (made), ca. 1874 (cast), 1015 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Cast Courts, The Ruddock Family Cast Court, Room 46A
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These electrotype copies record a technical marvel of the Middle Ages. Each wing of the original doors was cast in bronze in one piece. The doors are among the largest to survive from this time – nearly five metres high. They are also celebrated for their relief scenes, which are the oldest known monumental image cycle in German sculpture. These electrotype copies capture the fine detail of the biblical stories portrayed
in the reliefs.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Electrotype
Brief Description
Electrotype copy of a pair of bronze doors depicting the Creation of Eve from Hildesheim Cathedral, made bu Giovanni Franchi in about 1874.
Physical Description
Electrotype of a pair of bronze doors depicting: The Creation of Eve, Temptation of Adam and Eve, The Fall of Man, Expulsion out of Paradise, The sacrifice of Cain and Abel, Annunciation, The Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation in the Temple, Christ before Pontias Pilate, The Crucifixion, Marys at the Sepulchre, Christ's appearance to Mary Magdalene.
Dimensions
  • Height: 488cm
  • Width: 244cm
Gallery Label
  • Electrotypes of Unknown artist Doors from Hildesheim Cathedral About 1015 These electrotype copies record a technical marvel of the Middle Ages. Each wing of the original doors was cast in bronze in one piece. The doors are among the largest to survive from this time – nearly five metres high. They are also celebrated for their relief scenes, which are the oldest known monumental image cycle in German sculpture. These electrotype copies capture the fine detail of the biblical stories portrayed in the reliefs. Electrotypes Giovanni Franchi and Son About 1874 Bronzed copper London Museum no. Repro.1874-44 Original Bronze Originally in St Michael’s Church, Hildesheim Hildesheim Cathedral, Germany(28.08.18)
  • Electrotypes of Unknown artist Doors from Hildesheim Cathedral About 1015 These electrotype copies record a technical marvel of the Middle Ages. Each wing of the original doors was cast in bronze in one piece. The doors are among the largest to survive from this time – nearly five metres high. They are also celebrated for their relief scenes, which are the oldest known monumental image cycle in German sculpture. These electrotype copies capture the fine detail of the biblical stories portrayed in the reliefs. Electrotypes Giovanni Franchi and Son About 1874 Bronzed copper London Museum no. Repro.1874-44 Original Bronze Originally in St Michael’s Church, Hildesheim Hildesheim Cathedral, Germany(04/07/2018)
  • This is an electrotype of a pair of bronze doors made by Giovanni Franchi & Sons in about 1874. The doors were made at the order of St Bernward, Bishop of Hildesheim (993-1022) and set up by him in 1015 in St Michael's Church, Hildesheim. His successor, St Godehard, removed them to the Cathedral. The doors are decorated with (on the left) representations of the Creation of Eve, the Presentation of Eve to Adam, the Temptation, the Fall, the Expulsion, the Labours of Adam and Eve, the Sacrifice of Abel and Cain, the Murder of Abel, and on the right, the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Presentation to Simeon, Christ before Pilate, the crucifixion, the maries a the Sepulchre, and Christ appearing to St Mary Magdalen. Marion Friedmann
Object history
Electrotype copy of the original bronze doors from Hildesheim Cathedral, about 1015. The copies were made by Giovanni Franchi & Son in about 1874, and were purchased from Giovanni Franchi in 1874 for £380.
Historical context
The doors are decorated with (on the left) representations of the Creation of Eve, the Presentation of Eve to Adam, the Temptation, the Fall, the Expulsion, the Labours of Adam and Eve, the Sacrifice of Abel and Cain, the Murder of Abel, and on the right, the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Presentation to Simeon, Christ before Pilate, the crucifixion, the maries a the Sepulchre, and Christ appearing to St Mary Magdalen. The doors were made at the order of St Bernward, Bishop of Hildesheim (993-1022) and set up by him in 1015 in St Michael's Church, Hildesheim. His successor, St Godehard, removed them to the Cathedral.
Subjects depicted
Summary
These electrotype copies record a technical marvel of the Middle Ages. Each wing of the original doors was cast in bronze in one piece. The doors are among the largest to survive from this time – nearly five metres high. They are also celebrated for their relief scenes, which are the oldest known monumental image cycle in German sculpture. These electrotype copies capture the fine detail of the biblical stories portrayed

in the reliefs.
Collection
Accession Number
REPRO.1874-44

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record createdOctober 4, 2006
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