Donatello By Heather Gatto
Background • Donatello was a Italian Renaissance sculptor • His birth name is Donato di Niccolo di BettoBardi. • He was born in Florence Italy around 1386 • He died in Florence Italy on December 12, 1466
Donatello Education • His father was Niccolo di BettoBardi, a member of the Florentine Wool Combers Guild. • He was educated at the home of the Martellis • They were a wealthy and influential family of bankers and art patrons.
First Job • Donatello apprenticed with Ghiberti. • He assisted Ghiberti in creating cathedral doors for the Baptistery of the Florence Cathedral. • He also had a close relationship with Cosimo de Medici
Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata Art Style • Donatello was known for his life like emotional sculptures. • His sculptures were more classical and were different from the Medieval style because they have more depth. • He was the first Renaissance artist to create a nude statue St. John the Evangelist
Famous Pieces • Donatello styles added perspective to his sculptures. • Sculptors previously used a flat background that the figures were placed on. • His sculptures showed emotions and different body positions. David (Marble) Madonna with the Child
The David • Donatello's most famous is the David. • David was first done in marble. • The statue was later done in bronze • David represented triumph over brutality . • The bronze David is the first nude statue of the Renaissance. David