Desiderio da Settignano

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, c.1429–64, Florentine sculptor, a follower of Donatello. His exquisitely delicate marble carving is best seen in his church decorations, bas-reliefs, and busts of women and children. Two bas-reliefs in American collections, Young St.
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Desiderio da Settignano

(dāzēdĕ`rēō dä sĕt'tēnyä`nō), c.1429–64, Florentine sculptor, a follower of DonatelloDonatello
, c.1386–1466, Italian sculptor, major innovator in Renaissance art, b. Florence. His full name was Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi. In his formative years he assisted Ghiberti in Florence with the bronze doors for the baptistery.
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. His exquisitely delicate marble carving is best seen in his church decorations, bas-reliefs, and busts of women and children. Two bas-reliefs in American collections, Young St. John the Baptist (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.) and "Foulc" Madonna and Child (Philadelphia Mus. of Art), are characteristic of his style and charm. Two of his Florentine works, the tomb of Carlo Marsuppini in the Church of Santa Croce and a tabernacle in the Balsilica of San Lorenzo, are among the most beautiful of early Renaissance monuments. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., has several examples of his work.

Desiderio da Settignano

 

Born circa 1430, in Settingnano, Tuscany; died Jan. 16, 1464, in Florence. Italian sculptor. Exponent of the Early Renaissance Florentine School.

Desiderio probably studied with Donatello and Bernardo Rossellino. While working with Donatello he did not lose his independence. Desiderio’s work is distinguished by lucid lyrical contemplativeness and a poetic integrity of images. His tombstones, reliefs, and portrait busts are clearly composed and have graceful lines and fine modeling, while the marble surface is treated with a mellow virtuosity that creates a wealth of gradations of light and shade. His main works (all marble) are the tomb of C. Marsuppini (after 1453, in the church of Santa Croce, Florence), the relief Panciatichi Madonna (c. 1450-54) and portrait of a woman (c. 1460-64—both in the National Museum in Florence—and portraits of children depicting John the Baptist and the infant Jesus (c. 1455-60, in the Hermitage in Leningrad and the National Gallery in Washington).

REFERENCE

Cardellini, A. Desiderio da Settignano. Milan, 1962.

M. IA. LIBMAN