Donatello was an Italian sculptor born in Florence around 1386. Before Michelangelo, Donatello was known as the greatest Florentine sculptor to ever live. When he was growing up, he apprenticed with many experienced and celebrated artists in Italy during that time. By the chipper age of just 20 years old, Donatello had already been commissioned for several works by wealthy patrons and the church. As he developed his skill, he began to pick up a very Gothic style of sculpture. Later, his technique changed in such a way that caused his sculptures to have a more realistic and highly emotional level to them. By the time his career was in full swing, he had a reputation as a very talented and influential artist second only to that of Michelangelo himself. He created many pieces over his years as a sculptor, including the Penitent Magdalene, the bronze David, and Saint Mark. These pieces, among his many others, certainly do seem to have an intense amount of emotionally connectivity about them that electrifies the eyes and soothes the soul simultaneously.
This collage of photos containing Donatello’s works allows for us to see some of his most famous and cherished pieces, and appreciate the amount of detail and craftsmanship that has gone into each and every sculpture. His use of perspectival illusionism allowed him to create figures in stone within a physical, measurable area (as seen in Saint Mark). Donatello’s style of highly emotional sculpture creates a sense of realism in his works that was nearly unparalleled during his era.