Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi or Donatello was an early Renaissance sculptor from Florence, Italy. He is known for his statues of religious figures.
Early Life Donatello was born in Florence, Italy in 1386. He was educated in the house of the Martelli Family for most of his early life. He started artistic training in an goldsmith’s workshop, then worked briefly with Lorenzo Ghiberti, a early Renaissance artist. Donatello then studied and worked with Filippo Brunelleschi in Rome from 3 years. Their work gave them the reputation of treasure seekers. Donatello then worked in goldsmith shops.
Work in Florence
In Florence, Donatello worked with Lorenzo Ghiberti on statues for the north door of the Baptistery of Florence-Cathedral. 2 …show more content…
It was erected in the church of the cardinal Jean Bilheres de Lagraulas tomb. After making Pieta, Michelangelo became an art star and took a commission for a statue of David, a statue that two previous sculptors has attempted and abandoned. He completed the 17-foot statue and it has become one of the most famous statues in the world. Several commissions followed, but then Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo to switch from sculpting to painting and decorate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Before Michelangelo started working he fired all of his assistants, whom he deemed inept and worked on the 65-foot ceiling alone. Michelangelo would not let anyone look at in until it was finished in October 31, 1512.
Death and Legacy
After a brief illness, Michelangelo died on February 18, 1564, weeks before his 89th birthday. His nephew took his body back to Florence, and was buried at the Basilica di Santa Croce. Michelangelo was one of the few artists who achieved fame and wealth during his lifetime. He also lived to see the publication of two biographies, and his name became synonymous with the best of the Italian