Donatello was an Italian artist and sculptor during the Renaissance. He, along with fellow artists Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo Da Vinci, is considered to be one of the finest artists of the time. He is best known for his sculptures such as: “David” (not to be confused with a sculpture of the same name by Michelangelo), the “Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata” and “Judith and Holofernes.” He completed many of his works for various churches, where many of them are still found today. Let’s find out where Donatello lived and worked during his life.
Where did Donatello live?
Donatello was born around 1386 in the city of Florence, which is located in the region of Tuscany. He was trained at the local goldsmith’s workshop and, for a brief time, with Lorenzo Ghiberti. He continued to live and work in Florence, but between 1404 and 1407 he also lived for periods of time in Rome, where he went with his friend Filippo Brunelleschi to study ancient Roman ruins. After this time he received many commissions to work in Florence and remained here for many years.
In 1443 he moved to Padua where he completed his famous equestrian statue, which was the first of its type to be cast in bronze. While in Padua he also worked on the Basilica of St. Anthony, where he produced a number of sculptures. He returned to Florence in 1453 and soon moved to Siena to work on the Cathedral of Siena until 1461. Here he created the famous statue of “St. John the Baptist” in the cathedral. He lived out his final days in Florence until his death in 1466. He was buried in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, which is one of the largest churches in the Florence.