NEW YORK – Religious art never seen outside Italy will debut at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York on February 20, 2015. “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello” brings 23 works of early Florentine Renaissance sculptures created by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia and others. These art masters created these statues of prophets and saints during the first decades of the 15th century for the Florence Cathedral (“Il Duomo”).
The exhibit will serve as the centerpiece of the museum’s 10th anniversary season. Highlights include Nanni di Banco and Donatello’s “Porta della Mandorla;” two of Donatello’s life-size figures of the Old Testament; and two bronze heads with which Donatello adorned his “cantoria,” or singing gallery, inside the Cathedral.
Additionally, the exhibit features two Brunelleschi wood models of his famous dome, as well as three early 15th century stone relies from Ghiberti’s first bronze doors for the Baptistery facing the cathedral.
The exhibit runs from February 20 to June 14, 2015. For more information, visit www.mobia.org.