St. Mark (Donatello)

St. Mark (Donatello)

Artist Donatello

Date ca. 1411-13

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Marble

Dimensions 7’9″

Housed at Museo di Or San Michele, Florence


This particular work at Or San Michele was commissioned by the Linen Weavers’ Guild. Here, Donatello relies heavily upon his learnings from the classics—note St. Mark’s contrapposto, his dramatic yet thoughtful gaze, and his robes that fall in response to his body’s movement, not as if it were a shell. The body is balanced—from the left, it is static and vertical; from the right, it is diagonal and portrays movement.