Donatello’s Works

Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker provide a description, historical perspective, and analysis of several of Donatello’s works: DavidSaint MarkFeast of Herod, and Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata.


Donatello, David, bronze, late 1420s to the 1460s, likely the 1440s (Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence)

Saint Mark

Donatello, St. Mark, 1411–13, marble, 93″ (236 cm), Orsanmichele, Florence

Feast of Herod

Donatello, Feast of Herod, panel on the baptismal font of Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy, Gilded bronze, 1423–27.

Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata

Donatello, Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata (Erasmo da Narni), 1445–53, bronze, 12 feet, 2 inches high, Piazza del Santo, Padua