Sculpture in the Age of Donatello

I finally made it to the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan to see "Sculpture in the Age of Donatello."  

Six months ago, the wife and I took our honeymoon trip to Florence and were crushed to find out that the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo was closed for a major renovation.  Luckily, some amazing work from that collection is here in New York right now.

I first visited the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in college. I had a chance to do a condensed summer semester in Florence where I took an art history course with a professor whose name I embarrassingly cannot remember.  The collection there includes a number of pieces by one particular sculptor this professor loved, named Nanni di Banco. He introduced me to this sculptor's work with the idea that Nanni di Banco might have contributed just as much to art as Donatello, had he not died young, and just as he began to make mature work. I agree with this idea. Nanni di Banco was a very talented sculptor who studied alongside Donatello, under Brunelleschi. Some of the pieces in the show at MOBIA are actually attributed to either Donatello or Nanni di Banco. One of these is a small relief I had a great time drawing called Man of Sorrow.


Brett F Harvey