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C. 1386- 1466 By: May Watts. The beginnings of an Artist Donatello was learning the art of the sculpture in Florence when he was only 14 years old. Soon.

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1 c By: May Watts

2 The beginnings of an Artist Donatello was learning the art of the sculpture in Florence when he was only 14 years old. Soon a famous gold smith, known as Lorenzo Ghiberti, took him as an apprentice. He was taught how to work with bronze. Cosimo de'Medici and Donatello became close over the years, and in 1419 he actually nominated Donatello to sculpt a tomb for Baldassare

3 Statue of St. George **Note- This is a copy of the original statue by Donatello. This statue was a piece that was commissioned for the Armorer’s guild. It represents their patron saint. The art work has been remade and replaced over the years, though Donatello was the first person to design the statue.

4 Oh how strange… Despite the fact that his sculptures were simply amazing, Donatello was anything but popular. He was obviously obsessive over his work. Rather than selling his work to ignorant clients, he would smash his work to pieces. Donatello created the first full life sized nude statue, called “David”. The Medici put the statue in their Palace’s courtyard for all to see. Apparently He had a very strong connection with the Medici.

5 Donatello's equestrian statue of Gattamelata This statue ended up being the model for many heroic statues that followed. It is believed that either the statue of Marucus Aurelius or the Greek horses that rest atop the Church of St Mark’s inspired this work of art.

6 Not all things end, but most do. The most vivid piece of work that Donatello made came near the end of his career. The statue was known as the “Penitent Mary Magdalene”, and it has been described as horrid, terrifying, and all out creepy. (seriously it’s that weird…) After many years of hard work, and only ten years after his greatest work, Donatello died.

7 Tomb of Antipope John XXIII Donatello worked with Michelozzo on this Papal tomb. This was the last Papal tomb constructed outside of Rome.

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