Firenze, Museo del Bargello

Florence, Donatello, Statue of San Giorgio

One of the first sculpture to establish the Renaissance style

Via del Proconsolo, 4

At first look this statute, housed at Florence’s Museo Nazionale del Bargello, is not dissimilar to Lorenzo Ghiberti’s artwork made for the same location - Orsanmichele. However it is the first time that an artist paid so much attention to the human form, both in an anatomical sense and psychologically.


Donatello’s San Giorgio seems more like a popular figure than an aristocratic one. The figure seems deep in thought, shown by his intense and sullen facial expression. The position of his body seems static, but after closer observation, it seems like it is vibrating thanks to the intensity of the pose. His feet are firmly on the ground, but his torso and head are turned in opposite directions, giving the figure a strong sense of intensity and concentration.


This is a ‘new’ Man, we can say, the Renaissance Man. Here, Donatello also experiments with the technique of perspective. The column and grotta on each side of the statute are a seeming attempt to accomplish perspective. The figure has a great degree of expressivity, making this a masterpiece in its own right.

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