St. George (c. 1416-17) by Donatello

St. George - Donatello - c. 1416-17

Artwork Information

TitleSt. George
ArtistDonatello
Datec. 1416-17
MediumMarble
Dimensions209 cm
Current LocationMuseo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence
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About St. George

St. George is a marble sculpture created by Donatello in c. 1416-17 as commissioned by the guild of armorers and sword makers, Arte dei Corazzai e Spadai for exterior niches of Orsanmichele church in Florence. The statue reflects the spirit of youthfulness and courage that defined Florence during the fifteenth century.

Donatello was an Italian Renaissance artist known for his versatility and ingenuity across several mediums, including sculpture, painting, and architecture. His earliest work, a marble statue of David shows an artistic debt to Ghiberti who imparted his love for classical art values to him.

Notably, St. George’s tensed expression reflected its affinity with the Bargello museum’s ideal Davids at that time. Although Donatello fashioned St. George as a magnificent piece suitable for what it symbolized, he still maintained simplicity in shaping its overall form, displaying remarkable skill while using modern fashion resources important during that era.

Today the sculpture serves as one of Donatello’s greatest achievements celebrated worldwide; it demonstrates both elegance and simplicity while conveying powerful imagery through its craftsmanship – youthful bravery represented through St. George standing triumphantly over an animal depiction reflecting evil defeated by righteousness prevailing over all things!

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