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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.

Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions
2017
Beyond Compare: Art from Africa in the Bode-MuseumBode Museum
2015
The Lost Museum. The Berlin Sculpture and Paintings Collections 70 Years After World War IIBode Museum
2014
Daniel Katz Gallery at Frieze Masters 2014Daniel Katz Gallery
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David, 1428-1432

Bronze
62 3/10 in
158.2 cm
AH
Art History 101
Medium
Image rights
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Photo: Patrick A. Rodgers / CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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