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    Sculpture – Early/High Renaissance Art

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    Saint George
    Donatello. Combination of classical and Christian iconography
    Saint John the Evangelist.
    A Prophet
    Donatello. Probably Habbakuk.
    Donatello. Marble
    David 1440
    Donatello. First life size sculpture in Western Europe to be seen in the round since antiquity.
    Donatello. First larger than life size equestrian sculpture since antiquity
    The Aged Magdalen
    Donatello. Carved from wood
    High Renaissance
    Age of individual genius
    Artists as genius emerges
    Patronage shifting from guilds to wealthy citizens to church
    Growing interest of antiquity
    High Renaissance view of humanity
    Man became measure of all things
    Idealized images of the male and female, often nudes
    Portraiture rediscovered
    Human figure sculpted in the round.
    St. Proculus
    Michelangelo. Thought to be a self portrait of himself young. Prefigures technique of David.
    Michelangelo. First important commissioned work in Rome.
    Symbolic (lion skin – symbol of death, bunch of grapes – symbol of life, small figure is a satyr, Bacchus is the essence of unregenerate soul trapped in
    The Pieta 1498 – 1500
    Michelangelo. First major religious commission. Housed in St. Peter’s in Rome. Unusual for its high degree of finish. Only work the artists ever signed.
    David 1501 – 1504
    Michelangelo. Commissioned by the Board of Works. First free standing colossal sculpture since antiquity. Originally intended for the facade of the cathedral.
    The Deposition of Christ
    Michelangelo. Christ is visibly dead
    There is none of the elegant classicism of the St. Peter’s Pieta
    The virgin is overcome by grief, without the strength to support the body of her son. Represents Nicodemus.
    Rondini Pieta
    Michelangelo. His last work, left unfinished. Skeletal, attenuated forms, expressing a deepening faith, his loneliness and profound disillusionment with forms of physical beauty.

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