The Early Renaissance




 

 


Donatello
 
 
 

 

 
Donatello [Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi]

(b Florence, 1386 or 1387; d Florence, 13 Dec 1466). Italian sculptor. He was the most imaginative and versatile Florentine sculptor of the early Renaissance, famous for his rendering of human character and for his dramatic narratives. He achieved these ends by studying ancient Roman sculpture and amalgamating its ideas with an acute and sympathetic observation of everyday life. Together with Alberti, Brunelleschi, Masaccio and Uccello, Donatello created the Italian Renaissance style, which he introduced to Rome, Siena and Padua at various stages of his career. He was long-lived and prolific: between 1401 and 1461 there are 400 documentary references to him, some for nearly every year. However, there is no contemporary biography, and the earliest account, in Vasari’s Vite (1550), is confused.

 

 


David

1409
Marble
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

 
 


David
(detail)
1409
Marble
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

 
 
 


St Rossore

1425-27
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, Pisa

 

 

 


Pazzi Madonna

1420-30s
Marble
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

 
 
 


Annunciation

1430
Sandstone
Santa Croce, Florence

 
 

 


Crucifix

1412-13
Wood
Santa Croce, Florence

 

 
 


Marzocco

c. 1419
Stone
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
 

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