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Nicola Pisano’s Baptistery Pulpit in Pisa

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Nicola Pisano’s Baptistery Pulpit in Pisa

Changes in styles or movements in the history of art are often the result of gradual phenomena, so the creation of new works which signal sudden changes are particularly significant. One such work which art historians point to as signaling a turning point in Western sculpture is the pulpit for the Pisa baptistery, created by […]

Donatello’s St. George

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Donatello’s St. George

Donatello carved his statue of St. George for the guild of armorers and swordmakers in Florence.  Like the statue of St. Mark, the statue of St. George was destined for the guild’s niche in the building of Orsanmichele.  Because the guild was of average size, it could only afford a statue of marble, rather than […]

Donatello’s Gattamelata

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Donatello’s Gattamelata

Donatello revived an ancient monument type with this bronze equestrian statue in Padua

Michelangelo’s Pieta

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Michelangelo’s Pieta

Michelangelo carved a number of works in Florence during his time with the Medici, but in the 1490s he left Florence and briefly went to Venice, Bologna, and then to Rome, where he lived from 1496-1501.  In 1497, a cardinal named Jean de Billheres commissioned Michelangelo to create a work of sculpture to go into […]

Donatello’s Saint Mark

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Donatello’s Saint Mark

  The statue of St. Mark was commissioned by the linen guild, one of the poorer guilds in Florence whose patron was St. Mark.  They decided to hire the sculptor Donatello for the commission, who created a larger than life-size work (it is 7’9” tall).  The work itself was placed into a niche that was […]

Michelangelo’s David

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Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo’s David is another one of the artist’s most-recognizable works, and has become one of the most well-known statues in the entire world of art.  Michelangelo carved this after having already carved the Pieta in Rome and having returned to Florence in 1501.  He was commissioned to carve the biblical David for the outside of […]

Donatello’s David

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Donatello’s David

Perhaps Donatello’s landmark work – and one of the greatest sculptural works of the early Renaissance – was his bronze statue of David.  This work signals the return of the nude sculpture in the round figure, and because it was the first such work like this in over a thousand years, it is one of […]

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