September 2019 Academic & Specialist Reaktion Books

Renaissance Lives

Donatello and the Dawn of Renaissance Art A. Victor Coonin

Renaissance Lives

Donatello and the Dawn of Renaissance Art
A. Victor Coonin


Hardback | Sep 2019 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781789141306 | 288pp | 216x138mm | Forthcoming | RFB | AUD$39.99, NZD$47.99

A beautifully illustrated monograph on the innovative and at times controversial sculptor Donatello.

The Italian sculptor known as Donatello helped to forge a new kind of art — one that defines the Renaissance. His work was progressive, innovative, challenging and even controversial. Using a variety of novel sculptural techniques and perspectives, Donatello depicted human sexuality, violence, spirituality and beauty. But to really understand Donatello one needs to understand a changing world, a transition from Medieval to Renaissance and to an art more personal and part of the modern self. Donatello was not just a man of his times, he helped create the spirit of the times he lived in, and those to come. 

In this beautifully illustrated book, the first monograph on Donatello for 25 years, A. Victor Coonin describes the full extent of Donatello's revolutionary contribution and shows how his work heralded the emergence of modern art.