Donatello/ Bloody Mary

Dawson Lahee

Bloody Mary

Who is it?

Mary 1, Queen of England is unfortunately remembered as Bloody Mary on account of the religious persecutions which prevailed during her reign

Relevance?

Mary had always rejected and resented the break with Rome that her father had instituted and his subsequent establishment of the Anglican Church that had flowed from her half-brother's Protestantism, and now she tried to turn England back to Roman Catholicism. This effort was carried out by force, and hundreds of Protestant leaders were executed.

Donatello

Who is it?

The powerful expressiveness of his art made him the greatest sculptor of the early Renaissance. Masterpieces from the first phases of his career include the vigilant marble Saint George, made for the guildhall of Orsanmichele

Relevance?

Vasari's description of the first gives us some idea of the impact on his contemporaries of the young Donatello's work: "…There is a marvelous suggestion of life bursting out of the stone." Two of his characteristic formal contributions are encountered in the work for Siena. The relief is organized by a rigorous application of the rules of perspective that makes each figure emerge clearly and logically, even though the scene was modeled at a shallow depth. He opened up minds to art and expressed what the modern world is