Renaissance Sculpture Masterpieces
Verrocchio, Ghiberti and Donatello.

 Some of the greatest early Renaissance Sculpture was created by the artists Donatello, Ghiberti and Leonardo's master Verrocchio. Have a look at some examples of their work on this page.

Lorenzo Ghiberti.

The Gates of Paradise, Florence. (p)

 

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Lorenzo Ghiberti. (w)
Self Portrait.

Lorenzo Ghiberti

Creation of Adam and Eve Gates of Paradise, Baptistery, Florence. (w)

Lorenzo Ghiberti

The story of Joseph, Gates of Paradise, Baptistery, Florence. (w)

 

 Lorenzo Ghiberti

St Stephen. Orsanmichele, Florence.
Commissioned by the Guild of Wool Manufacturers. (w)



Andrea del Verrocchio.

 

 

The Guild of Traders of Florence
 commissioned a bronze group entitled:-

 
Christ and St. Thomas.

The artist chosen for this work was Andrea del Verrocchio and the piece was placed in an external niche of the church of Orsanmichele in 1483.

"Bartolommeo Colleoni", Verrocchio. Venice 1479 (s)

 This magnificent statue of Bartolommeo Colleoni, a Venetian general, illustrates the great standing held by Verrocchio. His fame was so great that the rival city of Venice commissioned him (a Florentine) to produce this equestrian statue.

I have seen this one in Venice, it's difficult to miss, and very, very impressive.

David, Andrea del Verrocchio. (w)

Verrocchio's bronze statue of David was made between 1473 and 1475. It was commissioned by the Medici family.

 Some claim that Verrocchio modelled the statue after a pupil in his workshop, the young Leonardo da Vinci. 


Verrocchio's David is interesting when compared to Donatello's version of the same subject.


Donatello.

Donatello, David (w)

Cosimo de' Medici owned this statue and placed it in the courtyard of the Palazzo Medici in Florence, it is now in the Bargello.

Donatello, Saint Mark (1411-1413) (w)

Zuccone, Donatello.

The Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo of Florence. (w) 

The St Mark marble statue stands approximately seven feet and nine inches high in an exterior niche of the Orsanmichele church, Florence. The work was commissioned by the linen weaver’s guild of Florence.

Donatello, Magdalene Penitent. c. 1453-1455
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence (w) 

Personal Opinion:-

This was carved from wood when the artist was over sixty years old. I have no doubt that the carving is wonderful but... I just can't get the image of a zombie from a modern-day B-movie out of my mind. Sorry Donatello!