DONATELLO (1415~17), height 2.09m, marble
Donatello (c.1386~1466) established his reputation as the greatest sculptor in Italy with this statue of St. George,
made for a niche on Or San Michele. St. George was the patron saint of
the Guild of Armourers and Swordma-
kers, in whose niche he stood. The figure is infused with a dramatic inner life (notice
the furrowed brow and sensi-
tive features) and a dynamic alertness: each muscle is taut,
the shield rests momentarily on its point, and the hands have the tension of readiness in repose.