Donatello, born in Florence around 1386, was an Italian Renaissance artist known for his mastery in sculpture using a range of materials such as marble, bronze, wood, stucco, clay and wax. He learned stone carving from one of the sculptors who worked at the Florence Cathedral around 1400.
His adaptability and resourcefulness would serve as a model for future sculptors interested in exploring new material possibilities. Together with Michelangelo Buonarroti, da Vinci, and Raphael he is credited with creating the predominant styles of the Renaissance.
Donatello’s designs are incredibly diverse ranging from small statues commissioned by wealthy citizens to major public art pieces such as his equestrian statue of Gattamelata. One of his most famous pieces, David consists entirely of bronze which was uncommon at that time when sculptors often used marble instead.
Overall Donatello left an indelible mark on Italian Renaissance art and laid a strong foundation for many future artists to build their work upon.
All Donatello Artwork on Artchive
|Virgin And Child Between St. Francis And St. Anthony||1448||Bronze|
|Equestrian monument of Gattamelata||1444-53||Bronze on marble plinth|
|Feast of Herod||c. 1425||Bronze with gilding|
|Habbakuk ('Lo Zuccone')||1423-26||Marble|
|Pazzi Madonna||c. 1417-18||Marble|
|The Cantoria or Singing Gallery||1433-1439||Marble and colored glass|
|The Entombment of Christ||1449|
|The Maries at the Sepulchre||c. 1460-70||Bronze|
|The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence||1460-65||Bronze bas-relief|
|St. George||c. 1416-17||Marble|
|Tabernacle of the Annunciation||1428 - c. 1433|
|The Penitent Magdalene||c. 1453-55||Wood with polychromy and gold|
|The Prophet Jeremiah||1427||Marble|
|David||1408 - 1409||Bronze|