| art history
Portrait of the Artist Donatello
(Donato di Bardi)
| Early Renaissance
| selected works
Judith and Holofernes
"Donato, who was called Donatello was by his relations and signed himself as such on several of his works, was born in Florence in 1386. He devoted his life to art, and proved himself an exceptional sculptor and a marvellous maker of statuary as well as a skilled and competent worker in stucco, in perspective, and in architecture, for which he was highly regarded. His work showed such excellent qualities of grace and design that it was considered nearer what was done by the ancient Greeks and Romans than that of any other artist. He is therefore rightly recognized as the first to make good use of the invention of scenes done in low relief, which he executed with thoughtfulness, facility and skill, demonstrating his intimate knowledge and mastery of the technique and producing sculptures of unusual beauty. He was superior not only to his contemporaries but even to the artists of our own times."
Life of Donatello
from Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
History of Italian Renaissance Art
In this impressive book, Professor Frederick Hartt examines the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Italian Renaissance. First, the roots of the Renaissance are explored, then the Quattrocento and Cinquecento are revealed in this masterful work.