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Born 1378 - Died 1 December 1455 Born c1386 - Died 13 December 1466




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Renaissance Sculpture

Renaissance means rebirth and this period takes its name from the renewed interest in secular, classical art and literature developed among the ruling and mercantile elites of Northern Italy in the 15th Century. Michelangelo, Donatello, Cellini and Verrocchio are four of the best known Italian sculptors of this period.

The first appearance of the free-standing, erotic, young male nude connects this period to the ancient Greeks and Romans - but the sculptural style borrows equally, if not more, from the late Gothic masters like Lorenzo Ghiberti. Donatello is usually singled out as the first master of the Renaissance - with dazzling complexity in his deep perspective reliefs and virtuosity everywhere in his large body of work. The Renaissance period ends with the beginning of the 17th century, as sculpture is primarily called to serve a revived and militant Roman Catholicism.

But its many great sculptural monuments continued to make the cities and churches of Northern Italy important tourist centres through the 18th, 19th, 20th centuries - and up to the present day.

Michelangelo's great rival Leonardo da Vinci designed an equine sculpture "The Horse" for Milan - but only succeeded in a 24-foot (7.3 m) clay model which was destroyed by French archers.








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