In memoriam: Donatello
circa 1386, Florence – December 13, 1466
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi was a master of sculpture in both marble and bronze, one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance artists.
The inscriptions and signatures on his works are among the earliest examples of the revival of Classical Roman lettering. He had a more detailed and wide-ranging knowledge of ancient sculpture than any other artist of his day. His work was inspired by ancient visual examples, which he often daringly transformed. Though he was traditionally viewed as essentially a realist, later research indicates he was much more.
David by Donatello