The Genius of Donatello

Friday, December 7, 2018 (All day)

Time: 10.30am for 10.45 to 3.30pm

Venue: Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE

Tutor: Dr Margaret Knight

Cost: £30 (no coffee or lunch included)

Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi was the greatest and most versatile sculptor of the early Renaissance in Italy with no rival in his technical and expressive range. Almost every later sculptor, including Michelangelo was indebted to him as was 15th century Florentine painting while through Mantegna and Bellini his influence reached as far as Venice. He was no mere imitator of the Classical, his source material was the whole history of western art and he was no puppet of his patrons, his work was sometimes out of step with contemporary taste. Many Renaissance artists have become ‘personalities’, their lives, characters and opinions documented and then romanticised, Donatello remains a comparative enigma but his work speaks clearly across the centuries. This day is dedicated to that extraordinary work.