Portera ’08 to Present on Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise


Publication Date: 2/12/2008

Sarah Hampton Portera’s paper has been accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  The conference is April 10-12, 2008 at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.  Her presentation, titled “Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: the Order of Panel Completion,” will discuss Ghiberti’s innovative bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery.  

Portera, an art major from West Point, Miss., first gave her presentation in Professor Victor Coonin’s senior seminar.  According to Professor Coonin, Portera’s paper makes an original and valuable contribution to the discussion of Ghiberti’s Baptistery doors, which are among the most famous and most important works of Renaissance art.

“It has always been suggested that the relief panels of these doors were completed separately; however, I am arguing that they were designed and modeled simultaneously,” Portera says in her abstract. 

According to the NCUR website, the “conference will bring together undergraduates involved in scholarly and artistic activities from more than 300 colleges and universities in the nation. Since the first conference in 1987, NCUR has grown to become a major annual event drawing well over 2200 undergraduates, faculty and administrators to promote undergraduate research in all fields of study.”

To read more of Portera’s abstract, click here

(Information compiled by Bryan Hearn, Rhodes Student Associate in the Rhodes Communications Office.)