BELLANO, Bartolommeo
(b. 1437, Padova, d. 1496, Padova)

Europa and the Bull

Bronze, height 22 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

Bellano, a sculptor from Padua was an assistant to Donatello when the old master worked on the pulpits of San Lorenzo in Florence. The statuette depicting Europa and the Bull was executed in Padua. The small bronze statuette reflects a naturalistic style heavily tempered in spirit by Donatello's classicism.