Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata

Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata

Artist Donatello

Date ca. 1445-50

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Bronze

Dimensions approx. 11 x 13’

Located at Piazza del Santo, Padua


This work was commissioned by Venice to honor a newly deceased general. Certainly, Donatello would have been influenced by the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, as he employs the same poise and power. The horse is massive, and yet we can understand that Gattamelata, with his easeful look, had no problem controlling it—note the horse resting its hoof upon a ball.