Lauren Tipping

Donatello's Biograpghy

Donatello was born in Florence, Italy in 1386 and died December 13, 1466 in Florence. He spent all of his life in Italy, mainly in Florence, but also spent time in Padua, Pisa and Rome. His education and training consisted of being an apprentice to the goldsmith, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and at age seventeen working on the bronze reliefs with him. He was brought up in a plebeian tradition and his father was a wool-carder, so he was not brought up with a lot of money. Donatello was a sculptor and creates works such as "David" made in 1408 and then later reworked in 1416, "Saint Mark" made between 1411-1413, "Saint George" in 1416-1417 and "Saint George and the Dragon" in 1417. Some of his patrons that paid him to create these sculptors were Piero and Cosimo Medici, the powerful banking family in Florence at his time.

The Saint George Tabernacle, and Saint George slaying the Dragon

This statue was carved for the exterior of Or San Michele in 1414-1417 by Donatello. Currently, it is located at the Museo nazionale del Bargello in Florence, Italy. This piece is important because it is the earliest showing of scientific perspective in a sculptor. It creates space for the statue and it shows scientific naturalism. This figure also shows realism, instead of Saint George having the "perfect" face and body, he has a "normal" body that a man at the time may look like. This may also show individualism because it is emphasizing all of Saint George's achievements, such as slaying the dragon. It also portrays Saint George standing alone.
This is a marble sculpture of Saint George on top of a marble relief of Saint George fighting a dragon. The larger sculptor of Saint George depicts him holding a shield and sword. While the relief depicts him riding a horse, and stabbing a dragon with his sword. The background for the larger sculptor is curved in order to provide perspective and create more space for the statue. I find this piece interesting because it was a new type of art when it was made. It was also a very important piece, it was going to be placed outside of the Or San Michele.

Works Cited

"Donatello." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Document URL

"Donatello." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Document URL

"Donatello." World Eras. Ed. Norman J. Wilson. Vol. 1: European Renaissance and Reformation, 1350-1600. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Document URL

"Remote Login to Artstor Digital Library." Remote Login to Artstor Digital Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.