Donatello was one of the founders of the Italian Renaissance. His works are characterised by technical innovations and revolutionised the artistic practice of their time. As part of a one-off collaboration between the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Musei del Bargello in Florence, this is the first exhibition to be held in Germany focussing on Donatello. Across some 90 works, many of them key works in his oeuvre that have never before been shown together, a panorama emerges that sparks the realisation that the story of Donatello is also the story of the Renaissance.
Donatello (ca. 1386–1466) was a versatile innovator who was always open to technical and artistic developments and experimented tirelessly with materials and forms of aesthetic expression. For example, he employed mathematically calculated perspective in creating his reliefs, and used materials like terracotta and plaster to create and reproduce his works in addition to the more traditional medium of marble. Numerous masterpieces evince his extraordinary productivity and imagination, and are now considered major works of the Italian Renaissance.
A Unique International Exhibition Project After the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin possesses one of the world’s most extensive and diverse collections of works by Donatello. Together with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, these museums have teamed up to curate three monographic exhibitions on Donatello’s oeuvre. Sculptures and reliefs in marble, terracotta and bronze that have never been displayed together before make this show a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience.