The Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata is a sculpture by Italian early Renaissance artist Donatello, dating from 1453, located in the Piazza del Santo in Padua, Italy, today. After Erasmo of Narni’s death in 1443, according to John Julius Norwich, the Republic of Venice, as a sign of gratitude and respect, donadetto PDF for a sculpture in his honor.
Författare: Vincenzo Murano.
The statue, as were all bronze statues of this time, was made using the lost wax method. The statue sits on a pedestal, and both the condottiero and his horse are portrayed in life size. The pedestal under the horse is composed of two reliefs toward the top with fake doors underneath. The doors symbolize the gates of the underworld, lending the feeling of a tomb, though the monument was never a burial place. One relief shows Gattamelata’s coat of arms flanked by two putti that are pointing to it. The emotion on his face is serious. Donatello portrays Gattamelata as a composed, alert and watchful leader.
The depiction of force of character and the reference to the power of real people flows with the Renaissance themes of individualism and humanism. The horse echoes the alert, self-contained and courageous air of the rider. The realistic depiction of its muscular form reveals the Renaissance concern with anatomical study that was later developed in Leonardo da Vinci’s studies for the Sforza equestrian monument. Donatello also conveys Gattamelata’s power with symbolism. He commands a powerful horse and both appear ready for battle. The horse’s front left hoof rests on an orb, a cannon ball, which symbolizes military advances, representing his power of the Venician army. Gattamelata was hired by Venice and made many advances to solidify the “terra” or earth around Venice for the Venician Government.