(Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi)
Donatello was an early Renaissance Italian sculptor from Florence. He was born in Florence in the year 1386. His education came from the House of the Marelli family, and received his early artistic training from a goldsmiths workshop, and worked breifly in the studio of Lorenzo Ghiberti. He is known for his work in bas-relief, a form of shallow relief sculptures.
Donatello was commissioned to carve a statue of David in 1408. The commission came from the operai of the cathedral of Florence, who intended to decorate the buttresses of the tribunes of the cathedral with 12 statues of prophets, david being one of them.
Donatello died in Florence in 1466 and was buried in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, next to Cosimo de' Medici the Elder.