DONATELLODonatello, whose real name Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (Florence, 1386 – Florence, December 13, 1466), was a sculptor, goldsmith and designer Italian.
With his long career he was one of the three fathers of the Florentine Renaissance, along with Filippo Brunelleschi and Masaccio, as well as one of the most celebrated sculptors of all time. Made a fundamental contribution to the renewal of the ways of the sculpture, permanently set aside by the experiences of the late Gothic and topped the classical models of Roman art, under the banner of a new expressionism and restless that pervades his best works. He invented the style “flattened”, based on minor changes millimeter thickness, which does not prevent the creation of an illusory space, and mastered the most diverse techniques and materials (marble, stone, bronze, wood, terracotta). He also devoted himself to drawing, providing models for example, some windows of the Duomo of Florence.
Special was his ability to infuse humanity and psychological insight to the works, often with dramatic accents or energy and vitality retained but perfectly visible.