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Donatello was born in Florence, Italy around 1386. His father was a craftsman so he was expected to work in the trades.
Donatello was educated by a wealthy Florentine family of bank and art patrons who was close to the Medici family.
Donatello and Brunelleschi traveled to Rome to study classical art. This trip gave him important knowledge about the Gothic style which changed 15th century Italian art.
Donatello sculpted the life-sized David by the end of 1408 in Florence at the workshops of the cathedral. Cosmo de' Medici was the leading art patron of his era who commissioned this bronze David.
Donatello developed his own style and sculpted St. Mark, St. John the Evangelist, Gattamelata, and Magdalene Penitent throughout his lifetime. His is labeled as the greater Florentine sculptor before Michelangelo.
Donatello died in Florence, Italy on December 12, 1466 as the most influential individual artist in Italy in the 215th century. His unfinished work was completed by his student, Bertoldo dei Giovanni.
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