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St. Mark

St. Mark, 1411 — Donatello
236 cm

St. Mark is an Italian Renaissance, Marble Sculpture created by Donatello in 1411. It lives at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Italy. The image is .

Commissioned by the Arte dei Linaioli (Guild of Linen Merchants) for the Church of Orsanmichele, Donatello's statue of St Mark was installed in a tabernacle in the outer wall of the church.

The solidity of the statue reflects classical rules. The weight of the figure rests on the right leg, and the left knee is slightly bent to maintain balance. Where it is not caught by the arm, the mantle falls to the ground in heavy folds, but it is in the imposing head, with its contracted brow and brooding eyes, that the character of the saint is expressed.

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