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.

 

 


St John the Evangelist

1410-11
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence

   
   
   

Bearded Prophet

c. 1418
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence

Prophet with Scroll

c. 1418
Marble
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
   

 

 


Funeral Monument to John XXIII

c. 1435
Gilded pietra serena
Baptistry, Florence

 
 

Funeral Monument to John XXIII
(detail)
c. 1435
Gilded pietra serena
Baptistry, Florence
 
 
 

Funeral Monument to John XXIII (detail)

c. 1435
Pietra serena
Baptistry, Florence
 
 
 

David

c. 1430
Bronze
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
 
 

David
(detail)
c. 1430
Bronze
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
 
 
 

David of Casa Martelli

1432-34
Marble
National Gallery of Art, Washington
 

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