Donatello e la sua lezione

Sculpture and jewellery in Padua between 15th and 16th centuries

From 28 March 2015 to 27 July 2015

Starting from March, the city of Padua presents 'Donatello and Padova', a series of Padova events in 2015 aimed at raising awareness of the great Florentine artist and his influence on the local artistic culture through a varied program of Padua events and Padova art exhibitions.

The series of Padova exhibitions in 2015 also proposes 'Donatello e la sua lezione': an extraordinary exhibition of Donatello sculptures to be held from 28 March to 26 July 2015 in two different locations. The Donatello sculptures exhibition will be on display at the Padova Musei Civici Museums of Padua, while artefacts and jewellery will be on show at the Palazzo Zuckermann in Padua.

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'Donatello e la sua lezione' is definitely one of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2015: the Donatello exhibit of the Civic Museums of Padua begins with some masterpieces, including an exclusive bronze crucifix, one of the reliefs at the base of monument to Gattamelata and the famous casts with reliefs at the altar of Our Saint, dating back to the 19th century. The Donatello exhibit in Padova boasts precious bronze sculptures and pottery made by great artists who followed in the footsteps of Donatello during the Venice Republic.

The section of the Donatello exhibition in Padova at the Palazzo Zuckermann offers the opportunity to closely observe the precious artefacts of the Treasury of Our Saint, a testimony of the strong influence that the new language of the Donatello Renaissance had not only on sculpture, but also on productions of sacred gold working.

Donatello arrived in Padua in 1433 and settled there for about ten years. During his time in Padua this extraordinary artist (sculptor but also a goldsmith and designer) had a great influence on local production, so much so that, thanks to him, Padua became one of the most important centres of the Renaissance periods. Its main attitude was the mastery of perspective, that allowed him to easily solve any problem, even in paintings. Moreover, in his sculptures, he could resume the classic themes of earlier times, reinterpreting them in an original way with late Gothic components.

Among the students of Donatello, are the Padova born Bartolomeo Bellano who joined Donatello's workshop at a young age and helped him in the realization of the last works and then follow him up to Florence, where, thanks to the collaboration of Bertoldo di Giovanni, he completed some of his most important works. In this splendid Donatello exhibit in Padua, you will admire the reliefs with biblical stories made for the presbytery of St Anthony, where Bellano proves to have reached a very high level of maturity and personal expression.

After the departure of Donatello, Padua began a remarkable and interesting production of pottery: one of the most important workshops was certainly that of John and Agostino Fonduli. The beautiful statue of St John is testimony of the emergence of a language that also involves the greatest Bronze artist of Northern Italy, Andrea Briosco called Riccio. It was the latter that, between 1497 and 1498, completed the Roccabonella monument in the Padua church of San Francesco Grande, left incomplete by Bellano. As demonstrated by the terracotta of St Canziano, St. Agnes and St. Jerome, all kept inside the Church of St Canziano of Padua, the style of Riccio tended to enhance the emotional side of reality with a classical and, at times, even antiquarian perfection.

In the early 16th century, Riccio began a productive collaboration with Severo da Ravenna, which led to the creation of small but precious bronze artefacts. A few years later, between 1520 and 1530, some important works in polychrome terracotta were made, such as the Head of the Madonna of the Padua Museum and Madonna of the Scuola of the Saint in which some elements clearly show the influence that the study of the classics had on these artists.

The concluding part of this magnificent Donatello exhibit in Padova, Italy in 2015 will allow you to admire two weeping Maries from the Lamentation of Christ, terracotta work made around 1530 for the Church of San Canziano. In these works Riccio, wanting to get close to the style of Guido Mazzoni, manages to create a harmonious combination between his innate sensitivity to colour and the desire to maintain the traditional character forms, thereby giving an effect of high drama to his subjects.

The exhibition on Donatello e la sua lezione in Padova and other important artists who followed in his footsteps continues at the Museum Zuckermann of Padua events 2015, with the exhibition of an important selection of sacred gold works dating from the 15th and 16th century: these are reliquaries and gold artefacts normally used for religious purposes and lent out, in an exceptional case, by the Treasury of the Saint.

'Donatello e la sua lezione' is the first of a series of Padova events dedicated to the work of this great master and which are part of the 'Donatello in Padua' program. Below is the calendar of the 2015 Padua exhibitions of this interesting project:


DONATELLO REVEALED - Masterpieces compared

Padua, Diocesan Museum

from 28 March to 26 July 2015



Padua, Antonian Museum and the Basilica of Our Saint

(Learning Exhibition)



Mario Pinton International Award - second edition

Padua, Oratory of St Rocco

from 9 May to 26 July 2015


Among the Padova art exhibitions, do not miss 'Donatello e la sua lezione' on display from 28 March to 26 July 2015 at the Eremitani Civic Museums and Palazzo Zuckermann. A unique opportunity to admire masterpieces by famous artists and to understand the influence that Donatello and his art had on the art scene during the 15th and 16th centuries. And to visit this wonderful Padua exhibition with an interesting private guided tour, check the availability of our guides online by filling out the form!


For info on the Donatello exhibition in Padova:


Eremitani Museum

8, Piazza Eremitani

Tel. 049.8204551

Time: 9am-7pm


Palazzo Zuckermann

33, Corso Garibaldi

Tel. 049.8205664

Closed: Mondays and 1st May

Time: 10am-7pm



Full €10

Reduced €8 (groups of 10 people, aged 18 to 25 years old)

Special reduced €6 (groups of 10 young students)

Special reduced €5 (over 17 schools and affiliations)

Free for children up to 17 years, people with disabilities, residents in Padua every 1st Sunday of the month, unemployed people, over 65 residents in Padua every 1st Tuesday of the month, academics, journalists and guides


By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 28 March 2015 to 27 July 2015

Event location: Ermitani Museums, Padova

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