ROSSELLINO, Bernardo
(b. 1409, Settignano, d. 1464, Firenze)

Tondo from the Tomb of Leonardo Bruni

1444-47
Marble
Santa Croce, Florence

To see how Bernardo Rossellini's style evolved from that of Donatello, it is interesting to compare this tondo from the Bruni tomb with Donatello's relief of the same subject, with the Pazzi Tondo. Bernardo's relief is much less intense, softer, more lyrical, and intimate rather than heroic.