(b. ca. 1386, Firenze, d. 1466, Firenze)

Funeral Monument to the Anti-Pope John XXIII (detail)

Pietra serena
Baptistery, Florence

Portraiture was Donatello's major personal contribution to a commission that he undertook c. 1424 jointly with Michelozzo (by then his business partner): the monumental tomb of Baldassarre Coscia, the Anti-Pope John XXIII (d. 1419). Donatello himself must have been responsible for the ennobled rendering of the fleshy, care-worn face and complex drapery of the effigy, which was cast, like the St Louis, in bronze and then gilded.

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