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Thesis Donatello was one of the most important fifteenth century masters whose bronze David is an enigma that is unlike Donatellos other works in its different style and unknown time of originDonatello was a gifted sculptor who lived in the fifteenth century and had a great impact on not only the Italian Renaissance but also on the future of art in general He was an innovator in his time and his sphere of influence enveloped all those around him Donatello was one of the most important fifteenth century masters whose bronze David is an enigma that is unlike Donatellos other works in its different style and unknown time of origin First Donatellos talents and credentials will be discussed Secondly points about Donatellos classical style in the sculpting of David and other artists thoughts about its classical style will be gone over Next the different thoughts on the time of Davids creation will be discussed Lastly the main ideas will be summarized and brought to a conclusionDonatello has earned his place in history Donatello was not only one of the most important artists in the fifteenth century but also one of the most brilliant and representative figures of the Italian Renaissance for he gave visible formto the intellectual aspirations and achievements of his epoch Cruttwell 2 Not only was he a great sculptor but also a leader of the artistic movement of the time He was equally gifted in the elements of the antique and of modern sentiment able to blend them seamlessly in his work He also had the appreciation of external life peculiar to the Greek and Roman civilizations with its robust self-reliance and enjoyment of sensuous emotions and the comprehension of and respect for the inner workings of the soul inherited from the severe often morbid self-analysis of medieval Christianity Cruttwell 3 Donatello was able to work with any medium He cast sculptures in bronze clay and marble with the same genius Donatello
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