Donatello

Italian, 1386/1387–1466

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Donatello

Italian, 1386/1387–1466

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In the work of the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello (born Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) life seems to burst out of the metal and stone. His greatest masterpieces include the vigilant marble Saint George (ca. 1417) in the Orsanmichele msueum, Florence; the graceful figure of young David (ca. 1440); and the impressive bronze equestrian statue of Gattamelata (erected 1453) that harked back to ancient Roman art. Donatello’s use of sinuous forms, which encourages the eye to move around the figure, influenced generations of Italian sculptors, mostly notably Michelangelo, well into the 16th century.

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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Biography

In the work of the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello (born Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) life seems to burst out of the metal and stone. His greatest masterpieces include the vigilant marble Saint George (ca. 1417) in the Orsanmichele msueum, Florence; the graceful figure of young David (ca. 1440); and the impressive bronze equestrian statue of Gattamelata (erected 1453) that harked back to ancient Roman art. Donatello’s use of sinuous forms, which encourages the eye to move around the figure, influenced generations of Italian sculptors, mostly notably Michelangelo, well into the 16th century.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Articles Featuring Donatello
The Little-Known Sculptor Who Taught Michelangelo and Studied under Donatello
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Did We Miss the Point of One of the World’s Most Famous Sculptures?
Nov 8th, 2018
How Art Has Depicted the Ideal Male Body throughout History
Apr 5th, 2017
The Italian Renaissance
Dec 21st, 2015
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