With his bronze David, Donatello created modernity’s first life-size, freestanding sculpture; a masterpiece of the early Italian Renaissance. Familiar with classical art, he enriched sculpture with individual expression, becoming an artist much in demand.
Donatello worked for the Quattrocento’s most powerful patrons, such as Cosimo de’ Medici and the Catholic Church. Innovations in sculptural craft like his flat relief technique made him very influential on into the 20th century. The film takes us to Florence, Padua and Siena, exploring, with sculptors like Henry Moore, the work of this bold craftsman so skilled at telling stories through images.
Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a powerful and arresting series of documentaries on artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.
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‘The first modern sculptor’ January 23 2009