Glucksman Gallery

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Lewis Glucksman Gallery

Glucksman Summer Screenings June: Italian Renaissance Masters Donatello: The first modern sculptor

Donatello: The first modern sculptor

Any visitor to the Bargello Museum in Florence will not easily forget the sight of the beautiful statue of David by Donatello (1386-1466). A boyish nude cast in bronze, he stands in a relaxed classical pose, his foot calmly resting on the huge severed head of Goliath, and he seems to epitomise the flowering of new life that the Renaissance gave to the visual arts. In this study the works of the artist are discussed by art historian Charles Avery and sculptors Peter Rockwell, Elizabeth Frink and Henry Moore. They analyse the superb effects achieved by Donatello’s inventive techniques and comment on the inspiration they have gained from his work. Amongst the many examples covered is a beautiful long-neglected terracotta relief of the Madonna and Child whose authenticity is revealed during the filming of this documentary. Furthermore, for the first time since recent cleaning and restoration, many major sculptures can now be seen in all the brilliance of their colour and detail. Shot on location in Florence, Sienna, Venice, Padua and London, this survey brings out both the technical prowess and the expressive range of one of the greatest sculptors of the Italian Renaissance.

Running time 76 minutes (5 minute intermission)

Category: Arts and Cultural Events: Glucksman Gallery
Time: 1.30pm
Location: River Room , Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Ciaran Meade
021 490 1844

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