Aliases: Donato "di" Niccolò "di" Betto Bardi; Donato Nicolai "di" Betti Bardi; Donato Nicolai Betti; Donato Nicolai Betti Bardi; Donatello (1382); Donatello (1386); Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi
A Highly Important Gilt and Painted Terracotta Relief of the Virgin and Child, by Donato di Betto Bardi, called Donatello (circa 1386-1466)
s - AN IMPORTANT ITALIAN TERRACOTTA RELIEF OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD, BY DONATO DI NICCOLO DI BETTO BARDI, CALLED DONATELLO (1386-1466), FORMERLY BELONGING TO THE BORROMEO FAMILY AND IN THE CHURCH OF SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA IN LISSARO DI MESTRINO,
(b Florence, 1386 or 1387; d Florence, 13 Dec 1466). Italian sculptor. He was the most imaginative and versatile Florentine sculptor of the early Renaissance, famous for his rendering of human character and for his dramatic narratives. He achieved these ends by studying ancient Roman sculpture and amalgamating its ideas with an acute and sympathetic observation of everyday life. Together with Alberti, Brunelleschi, Masaccio and Uccello, Donatello created the Italian Renaissance style, which he introduced to Rome, Siena and Padua at various stages of his career. He was long-lived and prolific: between 1401 and 1461 there are 400 documentary references to him, some for nearly every year. However, there is no contemporary biography, and the earliest account, in Vasaris Vite (1550), is confused.Grove Art excerpts - Electronic ©2003, Oxford Art Online
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