The Annunciation. Circa 1435. Gilded pietra serena. 
   Santa Croce, Florence.

A Brief Bibliography

Titles are listed in order of date of publication.

Amy R. Bloch. "Donatello's "Chellini Madonna", light, and vision." In: Renaissance theories of vision. John Shannon Hendrix and Charles H. Carman. eds. Farnham, 2010: 63-87.

Claudio Crescentini and Claudio Strinati, eds. La forma del Rinascimento: Donatello, Andrea Bregno, Michelangelo e la scultura a Roma nel Quattrocento. Soveria Mannelli, 2010. A coolection of wssays, primarily devoted to Andrea Bregno. Table of contents here.

Michael Greenhalgh. "Donatello a Roma." In: Claudio Crescentini and Claudio Strinati, eds. La forma del Rinascimento: Donatello, Andrea Bregno, Michelangelo e la scultura a Roma nel Quattrocento. Soveria Mannelli, 2010: 45-54.

Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, ed. Donatello: il David restaurato. Florence, 2008.

Giancarlo Gentilini. Donatello e Nanni di Bartolo: una inedita Madonna in terracotta. Milan, 2007 (38 pp).

Creighton E. Gilbert. "The Original Assembly of Donatello's Padua Altar." Artibus et Historiae, No. 55 (2007): 11-22.

Regina Stefaniak. "Isis Rising: The Ancient Theology of Donatello's Virgin in the Santo". Artibus et Historiae, No. 53 (2006): 89-110.

Martha Levine Dunkelman. "Donatello's Mary Magdalen: A Model of Courage and Survival." Woman's Art Journal. Vol. 26, No. 2 (Autumn, 2005/Winter, 2006): 10-13.

Scott Nethersole. "The power of beautiful nudity in Donatello's Bronze "David'." Immediations. 1 (2005) 2: 6-23.

David Boffa. "Divine Illumination and the Portrayal of the Miraculous in Donatello's St Louis of Toulouse." Simiolus: Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art. Vol. 31, No. 4 (2004/2005): 279-291.

Francis Ames-Lewis, "Review of Cosimo de' Medici and the Florentine Renaissance: The Patron's Oeuvre by Dale Kent; Yale, 2000 and Donatello e i Medici: storia del David e della Giuditta by Francesco Caglioti. Florence. 2000, in Renaissance studies. 17 (2003)2: 300-305.

Linda Reynolds. "Vasari's problem with Donatello's 'roughness'." Italian history & culture. 9 (2003): 43-71.

Mary Bergstein. "Donatello's Gattamelata and its humanist audience." Renaissance Quarterly. Autumn, 2002.

Ulrich Pfisterer. Donatello und die Entdeckung der Stile 1430-1445. Munich, 2002.
Book Review: Colin Eisler. Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. LVII no. 3 (Fall, 2004): 989-991.

Adrian W.B. Randolph. Engaging Symbols Gender, Politics, and Public Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence. Yale, 2002: 140-93.

Roger J. Crum. "Severing the Neck of Pride: Donatello's Judith and Holofernes and the Recollection of Albizzi Shame in Medicean Florence." Artibus et Historiae, No. 44 (2001): 23-29.

Sarah Blake McHam. "Donatello's bronze David and Judith as metaphors of Medici rule in Florence." The Art Bulletin 83 (2001): 32-47.

Francesco Caglioti. Donatello e i Medici: storia del David e della Giuditta. Florence, Olschki, 2000, 2 vols.

Daniel Pocs, "Recent researches on Donatello and early Medicean art patronage: review of 'Donatello e i Medici'." Acta historiae artium. 46 (2000): 269-277.

Kelly Barnes-Oliver. "Legendary Penance: Donatello's Wooden Magdalen." Athanor. XVII (1999): 25-34.

Anna Jolly. Madonnas by Donatello and his circle. Frankfurt, 1998.

Alessandro Parronchi. Donatello: Saggi e studi, 1962-1997. Vicenza, 1998.

Paul Barolsky. "Looking at Renaissance sculpture with Vasari." In: Looking at Italian Renaissance sculpture. Sarah Blake McHam, ed. Cambridge University Press, 1998, 189-202.

Edward J. Olszewski. "Prophecy and Prolepsis in Donatello's Marble 'David'." Artibus et Historiae. Vol. 18, No. 36 (1997): 63-79.

Roger J. Crum, "Donatello's bronze David and the question of foreign versus domestic tyranny." Renaissance Studies. 10, n. 4 (1996): 440-450.

Terrance Walsh, "Donatello's David, or Flesh Made Spirit." Religion and the Arts. 1, Number 3, (1996): 9-33.

Andrew Butterfield. "New evidence for the iconography of David in Quattrocento Florence." I Tatti Studies, vol. 6 (1995): 115-133.

Charles Avery. "The early Medici and Donatello." In The Early Medici and their artists, ed. by Francis Ames-Lewis, London, 1995: 71-105.

Geraldine A. Johnson. "Activating the Effigy: Donatello's Pecci Tomb in Siena Cathedral." The Art Bulletin. Vol. 77, No. 3 (September, 1995): 445-459.

Roger Tarr. "Brunelleschi and Donatello: Placement and Meaning in Sculpture." Artibus et Historiae, No. 32 (1995): 101-140.

Barbara Jane Watts. "Giorgio Vasari's Vita di Michelangelo Buonarroti and the shade of Donatello." In: The rhetorics of life-writing in early modern Europe: forms of biography from Cassandra Fedele to Louis XIV. Thomas Frederick Mayer, ed. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1995, 63-96.

Cristelle Baskins, "Donatello's bronze David: grillande, goliath, groom?" Studies in Iconography. 15 (1993): 113-34.

John Pope-Hennessy. Donatello. New York, 1993.

Artur Rosenauer. Donatello. Milan, 1993.

Sarah Blake McHam. "Donatello's high altar in the Santo, Padua." In Verrocchio and late Quattrocento Italian Sculpture, Florence, 1992: 259-269.

C. Sperling, "Donatello's Bronze David and the Demands of Medici Politics," Burlington Magazine. 134, (1992): 220-224.

John T. Paoletti. "La tomba Pecci di Donatello: nuovi documenti." Rivista d'arte vo. 43 (1991): 189-201.

Sarah Blake McHam. "Donatello and the high altar in the Santo, Padua." In IL 60: essays honoring Irving Lavin on his sixtieth birthday New York, 1990: 73-96.

John T. Paoletti. "Donatello's Bronze Doors for the Old Sacristy of San Lorenzo." Artibus et Historiae, No. 21 (1990): 39-69.

Francis Ames-Lewis, "Donatello's Bronze David and the Palazzo Medici Courtyard." Renaissance Studies. Volume 3, Number 3 (1989): 235-251.

Sarah Blake McHam. "Donatello's Tomb of Pope John XXIII." In Life and Death in Fifteenth-Century Florence. Eds. Rona Goffen, Marcel Tetel, and Ronald Witt, Durham, 1989: 146-173 and 232-242.

Sarah Blake Wilk (McHam). "Donatello's Dovizia as an image of Florentine political propaganda." Artibus et Historiae, No. 14 (1986): 9-28.

Timothy Verdon. "Donatello and the Theater: Stage Space and Projected Space in the San Lorenzo Pulpits." Artibus et Historiae, No. 14 (1986): 29-55.

Bonnie A. Bennett and David G. Wilkins. Donatello Oxford and New York, 1984. Still an excellent source.

P.A. Leach. Images of Political Triumph: Donatello's Iconography of Heroes. 1984.

John Pope-Hennessy. "Donatello's bronze David." in Scritti di storia dell'arte in onore di Federico Zeri. Mauro Natale. ed. Milan, 1984: 122-7.

Martin Robertson. "Donatello and His Sources." The Classical Review. 34: 01 (1984): 123- [sic].

John Pope-Hennessy. "A Terracotta 'Madonna' by Donatello." The Burlington Magazine. Vol. 125, No. 959 (February, 1983): 66+83-85.

David G. Wilkins. "Donatello's lost 'Dovizia' for the Mercato Vecchio: wealth and charity as Florentine civic virtues." Art Bulletin, vol. 65, no.3 (Sept. 1983): 401-423.

Michael Greenhalgh. Donatello and His Sources. 1982.

V. Herzner. "David Florentinus." Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen. 24 (1982): 63-142.

M.J. Liebmann. "Giorgio Vasari on relief." Acta Historiae Artium Budapest, vol. 27, no. 3/4 (1981): 281-286.

Anita Moskowitz "Donatello's Reliquary Bust of Saint Rossore." The Art Bulletin. Vol. 63, No. 1 (March, 1981): 41-48.

M. Gody. "A note on 'schiacciato'." Art Bulletin, vol. 62, no. 4 (1980): 635-637.

R. W. Lightbown. Donatello and Michelozzo: an artistic partnership and its patrons in the early Renaissance. London, 1980.

J. W. Dixon, "The Drama of Donatello's Bronze David: Re-examination of an Enigma." Gazette des Beaux-Arts. 93 (1979): 6-12.

Frances Ames Lewis, "Art history or stilkritk? Donatello's bronze David reconsidered." Art History. 2 (1979): 139-55.

V. Herzner. "David Florentinus. I. Zum Marmordavid Donatellos im Bargello." Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen. 20, 1978: 43-115.

J. T. Paoletti, "The Bargello David and Public Sculpture in Fifteenth Century Florence." In: Collaboration in Italian Renaissance Art. New Haven, 1978: 99-105.

John Pope-Hennessy. "The evangelist roundels in the Pazzi Chapel." Apollo. vol. 106, no. 188 (1977): 262-269.

John Pope-Hennessy. "Donatello and the bronze statuette." Apollo. vol 105, no 179 (1977): 30-33.

John Pope-Hennessy. "The Madonna Reliefs of Donatello." Apollo. vol. 103, no. 169 (1976): 172-191.

John Pope-Hennessy. "The Medici Crucifixion of Donatello." Apollo, vol. 101, no. 156 (1975): 82-87.

A. Rosenauer. Studien zum fruehen Donatello. Vienna, 1975.

Philippe [sic] Fehl, "On the Representation of Character in Renaissance Sculpture." The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Vol. 31, No. 3 (Spring, 1973): 291-307.

Laurie Schneider. "Donatello's Bronze David." The Art Bulletin. Vol. 55, No. 2 (June, 1973): 213-216.

M. Wundram. Donatello und Nanni di Banco. Berlin, 1969.

H.W. Janson. The Sculpture of Donatello. 1963.

John Pope-Hennessy. Italian Renaissance Sculpture. 4th ed., London, 1993. (No substantial changes from 3rd ed. of 1984)

Luigi Grassi. "Donatello nella critica di Giorgio Vasari." In: Donatello e il suo tempo: atti del VIII Convegno Internazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento. Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento. Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze. VIII Convegno Internazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Firenze, Padova, 1968: 59-68.

Charles Seymour, Jr. Michelangelo's David: a search for Identity. Pittsburgh, 1967. Excellent study of the project and the contemporary meaning of David.

H.W. Janson. The Sculpture of Donatello. Princeton, 1957.

John Pope-Hennessy. "Donatello's relief of the Ascension with Christ giving the keys to St. Peter." Pamphlet, London, 1949.

Jeno Lanyi. "Donatello's angels for the Siena font : a reconstruction." The Burlington magazine for connoisseurs. 75 (1939): 142-151.

Jeno Lanyi. "Problemi della critica Donatelliana." Critica d'arte. 4 (1939) 19: 9-22.

Rudolf Wittkower. "A Symbol of Platonic Love in a Portrait Bust by Donatello." Journal of the Warburg Institute. 1: 3 (1938): 260-261.

Edgar Wind. "Donatello's Judith: A Symbol of 'Sanctimonia'." Journal of the Warburg Institute. 1: 1 (1937): 62-63.

Jeno Lanyi. "Tre rilievi inediti di Donatello." L' Arte. N.S. 6: 38. (935) 4: 284-297. Supplement.

Donatello. From the 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Portions of this may be out of date.

Note that most of these pages have ads.

Donatello. From the Web Gallery of Art.

On Donatello. From the Met's Heilbrunn TimeLine of Art History.

Donatello's St. George at Orsanmichele in Florence. From Mary Ann Sullivan. Note that the marble relief is now much cleaner.

Donatello's St. Mark at Orsanmichele in Florence. From Mary Ann Sullivan.

Mary Magdalene. From Mary Ann Sullivan.

A very short film on the interpretation of Donatello' Attys. From the Bargello.

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