Desiderio da Settingano: Sculptor or Renaissance Florence

Front Cover
Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 2008 - Art - 288 pages
This long-awaited monograph is dedicated to one of the most noted masters of Florentine Renaissance sculpture. Desiderio da Settignano (ca. 1429/30-1464), like most sculptors before Michelangelo, was long overlooked by scholars, who focused their attention almost exclusively on Donatello, the great master of the quattrocento. And yet Desiderio, who may have begun his career in Donatello's workshop, became one of the most original and influential sculptors in Florence. His impact is clear in the numerous replicas of his Virgin and Child reliefs as well as copies of the Bambino in the Basilica of San Lorenzo. His work, showing an early interest in sfumato, may even have influenced the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. Sweetness, strength, and luminosity are the principal qualities of Desiderio's oeuvre . The expressive power, emotion, lightness, and grace visible in his work affirm the place he now occupies not only in the history of sculpture but also in the history of art. This retrospective catalog

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


160 The Bambini
Style Aspiring to Grace
A Suggestion The Arconati Visconti Tondo

4 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Nicholas Penny is senior curator of sculpture and decorative art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Eike D. Schmidt is associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Bibliographic information