Donatello (1386-1466) was the foremost sculptor before Michelangelo and one of the most influential artists of the 15th-century. Much of the later 15th-century painting in Florence stems from him and his influence extended to Venice.
His own heroic style, first seen in the "St Mark"(1411-12) and his "St John Evangelist"(1413-15), made his reputation. In both these he created a new kind of humanity, slightly larger than life and exemplifying those qualities of will that were so highly prized in the early renaissance. His "St George"(1416-c.1420) for Osanmichele the Saint is a portrayal of the Christian hero, but more significantly it is the earliest datable example of perpective being used to create definable space for the figures to occupy.
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