Short Biography, facts and interesting information about Donatello the famous Medieval artist and his contribution to Medieval Art
The Medieval Times encompass one of the most interesting periods in the History of Art. The names of many famous Medieval people and artists, such as Donatello, scatter the Medieval History books and other historical documents. Why were these important Medieval artists famous and what did they accomplish? Famous Medieval artists of the Middle Ages included both men and women like Donatello who contributed to the Medieval art forms of the Middle Ages dating from 1066 - 1485. The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the key dates and Medieval art accomplishments in the life of the artist Donatello who was famous as a Medieval Florentine painter.
Short Biography about the life of Donatello
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Donatello a famous Medieval artist and his contribution to Medieval art:
Country of Origin / Nationality: Italian
Also Known as : Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi
Lifetime: 1386 - 1466
Born: He was born in 1386, the exact date of birth is unknown
Family connections : He was the son of Nicolo di Betto Bardi, a wool merchant in Florence
Occupation and Career: Donatello was apprentice to Ghiberti in Florence
One of his patrons was Cosimo de Medici.
Died: Donatello died on December 13, 1466
Accomplishments and Achievements or why Donatello was famous: Italian sculptor of the early Renaissance period. The most famous works of art by Donatello include David, Mary Magdalene, Madonna, Salome, Zuccone, St. Mark, St. John the Evangelist and St. George and the Dragon
Donatello was a forerunner of humanistic expression and worked towards creating a system of perspective
Donatello produced sculptures in marble, bronze, terracotta and wood
Donatello was one of the first Renaissance artists interested in the Classical art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome and became the first artist of the Renaissance to create a nude statue
Donatello invented a technique known as schiacciato, or shallow relief, which achieved effects of spatial depth
Donatello Art and Statuary work
The story and biography of Donatello which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. Donatello was greatly occupied with statuary work. Statuary was greatly admired by the Romans who created statues commemorating famous people or events.
Donatello Art - David by Donatello
The David by Donatello in Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Florence. The height of the bronze statue of David by Donatello is 158 cm. David was the chosen subject of the statue as he had become a symbol of the Florentine Republic. In the statue of David by Donatello David wears a crown of leaves, reminiscent of the Roman heroes of antiquity reflecting the interest that Donatello had in classical art.
Donatello Art - Mary Magdalene by Donatello
The location of this statue of Mary Magdalene by Donatello is at Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence. The Mary Magdalene statue stands 6 foot two inches and was sculpted in wood with gold. The statue of Mary Magdalene was sculpted by Donatello between 1454 and 1455.
Donatello Art - Madonna or Virgin by Donatello
The Madonna or Virgin by Donatello is a relief also known as the Madonna delle Nuvole (Madonna of the Clouds). Donatello also sculpted the Borromeo Madonna around 1450 in terracotta. The Borromeo Madonna depicts a half length Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus
The story and biography of Donatello which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance.
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Famous Medieval Artists - Donatello
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