Donato Di Niccollipo Brunelleschi

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Even though the classical beliefs and practices of the Greco Roman period had ended, they were reborn in the Italian Renaissance in Florence. These are a few ways in how these classic beliefs and practices were born-again. In early 1400, a new movement in art and literature began in Italy known as the renaissance, which means rebirth or revival in French language. During this time, Italian scholars believed that art was losing its quality for some time, and eagerly studied classical literature, architecture, and sculpture in order to resuscitate the beauty and greatness of the art and writings of the Greek and Roman Empires. The renaissance was far more than the rebirth of these things; it was also the rejection of art, which mainly focused…show more content…
After studying Roman buildings, he developed a new approach to architecture and designed the first Renaissance building in Florence, the Ospedale degli Innocenti. The facade of the building has a colonnade like those used in classical architecture. Brunelleschi was much more successful as an architect than as a sculptor. The most famous sculptor of this time was Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, also known as Donatello (Landau). Not being content with the formulas handed down from the Middle Ages he studied human anatomy and classical sculpture directing his views to nature creating realism and freshness to his work such as his statue of St. George carved for the guild of armorers and sword makers in Florence. Although the sculpture is a combination of both modern and classical ideas, St. George is widely regarded as a homage to the classical heroes of antiquity (St. George). Therefore, by breaking from gothic traditions and the Middle Ages, Brunelleschi’s architecture and Donatello’s sculpture, mirrored those of the classical ways of the Greek and Roman
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