Formally known as Donatello, born Donato di Niccolo Betto Bardi
Born somewhere around 1386 in Florence was Donato di Niccolo Betto Bardi. He was educated in the home of the Martellis, and learned metallurgy.
A friendship is struck up with Brunelleschi and they travel to Rome to study classical art.
He apprenticed with Lorenzo Ghiberti, who was a metalsmith and sculptor.
He completed the life-sized, marble statue of David.
Sometime between 1408 and 1411, Donatello began to develop his style to be more emotional and dramatic.
Sculpted the marble St. Mark.
Donatello collaborated with Lorenzo Ghiberti and made several architectural-sculptural tombs.
He was commissioned by Cosimo de' Medici to sculpt a bronze David. This was his most popular work.
DAVID, BUT BRONZE
Donatello was commissioned to sculpt a statue of the late Erasmo. The completed statue was named "Gattamelata."
LONG LIVE ERASMO
Donatello died on December 13, 1466 of unknown causes in Florence. His faithful student Bertoldo di Giovanni finished an unfinished artwork of his
after his death.