Donatello Di Niccolo Di Betto Bardi

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Donatello di Niccolo di Betto Bardi better known as Donatello was born in Florence, Italy in 1386, his Birthdate was never discovered. Donatello received the name “Niccolo di Betto Bardi” from his dad, who was a member of the Florentine Wool Combers Guild (Wikipedia Contributors). Donatello made no secret of his homosexuality, in addition to, he lived with other artists and his behavior was tolerated by his friends (New World Encyclopedia).
As a kid, he grew up and was educated by the Martelli family. He experienced his first artistic training in a goldsmith’s workshop (Wikipedia Contributors). In addition, Donatello worked with many sculptors, such as, Lorenzo Ghiberti, who was commissioned to create the bronze doors for the Baptistery of the Florence Cathedral with the help of Donatello. In 1407 there was some speculation that Donatello and Brunelleschi developed a friendship and traveled to Rome to study classical art (A&E Television).
Donatello was the first to build a marble nude life-sized statue (Encyclopedia Britannica). He also invented a technique known as Schiacciato in other words, “flattened out”, it achieved effects of spatial depth
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It was placed in the Cathedral as decoration for the Medici family who wished to decorate their Palazzo courtyard. (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Donatello’s version of David is made of bronze and is the first free standing nude male sculpture made since antiquity (Donatello). The story behind the statue of David is about a few trained Israelite soldiers who are intimidated to fight the giant Goliath, until David, a shepherd boy, accepts the challenge of taking the giant down. Saul, an Israelite soldier offers David armor and weapons, but the boy refuses. Instead, he goes out with his sling, and confronts the enemy. He hits Goliath in the head with a stone, knocking the giant down, and then grabs Goliath 's sword and cuts off his
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