The Maries at the Sepulchre (c. 1460-70) by Donatello

The Maries at the Sepulchre - Donatello - c. 1460-70

Artwork Information

TitleThe Maries at the Sepulchre
Datec. 1460-70
Current LocationDetail of an ambo, San Lorenzo, Florence

About The Maries at the Sepulchre

The Maries at the Sepulchre is a limestone sculpture, believed to be from the 11th century, originating from the Benedictine monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. The artwork depicts three women – Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe, and Salome – at Jesus’ tomb after his crucifixion.

Donatello, an early Renaissance sculptor, created a small bronze sculpture of David in the 15th century that differed significantly from previous depictions of the biblical hero. Donatello’s bronze David stands as a free-standing figure with a markedly more human appearance than previous representations of David.

Interestingly, underdrawing discovered in a painting suggests that it was traced from a pre-existing image depicting The Maries at the Sepulchre. Additionally, there is also an ivory plaque originally from St. Gallen dating back to the Carolingian period that presents another depiction of The Maries at The Sepulchre.

Overall, these diverse pieces present different interpretations and techniques for representing religious themes through art spanning multiple eras and regions.

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