Breakthrough Renaissance Sculpter
Donatello Focused on Sculpting, and Created Many Works Such As:
The "-isms" of Donatello
- Humanism and Scientific Naturalism- he had more of a rational idea of human anatomy
- Skepticism- he sculpted some nude biblical figures, which is thought to have caused some controversy, yet the statue that represented this, David, has almost no records about it
Some of His Patrons Included:
David- Creation Date Unknown
- A statue of a nude, prepubescent boy and biblical character, David, with his foot placed on the decapitated head of his enemy, Goliath. He wears only a helmet and is holding his opponent's sword
- It resembles the Renaissance ideal of humanism the most, due to the realistic and scientifically correct anatomy of a young, masculine boy.
Why is This Piece So Significant?
- It is a statue of a nude biblical figure, depicting an extremely accurate and precise anatomy of a young male
- Nobody has ever created a nude visualization of David before, and the fact that it was a naked biblical figures lead many researchers to believe that there was much concern raised over the statue
- Mysteriously, though, there are almost no records of the statue's creation and many other details
- Donatello wasn’t religious, but still sculpted a religious figure
- This sculpture is based on the story of a young Israelite boy, only clad with a tunic and armed with a slingshot, who defeated the Philistine’s best warrior.
- Scholars believe that the positioning of the statue represents either the fact that Donatello was openly homosexual, or that it represented his opinion on homosocial values (“in Florence during this period it was common for men to believe they could achieve true love only with other men”)
- No records of controversy/disputes, creation date, ALMOST NOTHING
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Lorenzo Ghiberti Door of Paradise. East portal of Florence Baptistry 1425 ARTstor LESSING_ART_1039490575
Donatello Virgin and Child 1440-1445 Musée du Louvre, inv. RF 353. ARTstor LESSING_ART_10310483981
Donatello, also attributed to Desiderio da Settignano Saint John the Baptist (Giovannino Martelli);view from the right c. 1458 - 1460 Museo nazionale del Bargello (Florence, Italy) ARTstor SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039930222
Sculptor: Artist close to Donatello Winged Child Mid-15th century (ca. 1440) The Metropolitan Museum of Art;http://www.metmuseum.org ARTstor MMA_IAP_10311575801
School of Florence Portrait of Donatello 17th C Galleria degli Uffizi ARTstor SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039613367
Donatello David Museo nazionale del Bargello (Florence, Italy) ARTstor LESSING_ART_1039490463
Donatello Equestrian Monument of Erasmo da Narni (Gattamelata);view from the right, with base 1444 - 1453 ARTstor SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039931839
Miracle Of The Reattached Foot. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 18 Nov 2013. http://quest.eb.com/images/153_2941950