By Sadeem Alhajjaj

About Donatello

Donatello was born in 1386 in Florence,Italy, He died December 13 1466 in Florence,Italy. Donatello lived in Florence Italy. His real name is Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi but his family gave him the nickname of Donatello, after his family gave him the nickname he was universally known as Donatello. Donatello was religious, he was Roman Christian. It is unknown how he died, but there have been plenty of myths on how he died. One of Donatello’s patrons was Cosimo de Medici. Donatello had a father named Nicollò di Betto Bardi. Nicollò di Betto Bardi was a member of the Florentine wool combers guild.

Donatello's Education

Donatello was educated at the home of the Martellis, the home of the Martellis was a very wealthy and influential Florentine family of bankers and art patrons closely tied to the Medici family. It was at the home of the Martellis that Donatello first received artistic training from a local goldsmith. Donatello worked at Lorenzo Ghiberti's studio and studied the remains of old art.

Donatello's Achievements

One of the most individual and influential artists of the early renaissance was the sculpture Donatello. He is famous for the powerful expressivity he puts into his art, this made him the greatest artist/sculptor of the early renaissance. Donatello was an italian sculptor, he was the greatest Florentine sculptor before Michelangelo(1475-1564). He was also the most influential individual artist of the 15th century in Italy. Donatello created a large variety of sculptures but just a few of his sculptures were Madonna,Mary Magdalene, St.Mark, and St. george. One of Donatello’s famous sculptures”St.George” is made out of marble and is 209cm. Wide. Donatello made three well known statues of David. Between 1415 and 1426 Donatello created five statues for the cathedral bell-tower. One of Donatello’s sculptures (David) was the chosen subject to become a symbol of the Florentine Republic. Not only is Donatello a sculpture but he also managed to invent the stiacciato technique better known as shallow relief. One of his quotes was” Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover”.~Donatello.