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In this programme Catherine King looks at the sculptor Donatello's major works and discusses Vasari's analysis of them. Vasari is attain seen as a valuable eye- witness. Without Vasari ' s account ...of Donatello, the 20th century spectator tends to niss the full impact that Donatello's amazingly original and creative art had on his own and Vasari' s generation,. Mrs. King goes on to examine the way in which Vasari's enthusiasm for Donatello's work relates to his art historical theories and schematic view of Renaissance art. It becomes clear that Vasari had great difficulty in accommodating such an individual as Donatello in his scheme, This, Catherine King continues, says much for Vasari's appreciation of such an original and complex artist and reveals the over-simplicity of Vasari's theories. In the course of the programme, many of Donatello's most famous works are examined in detail. They include Judith and Holofernes, the "bronze David and the S.Lorenzo Pulpits.
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Module code and title: A100, Humanities: a foundation course
Item code: A100; 22
First transmission date: 27-06-1971
Published: 1971
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Duration: 00:23:05
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Producer: Nick Levinson
Contributor: Catherine King
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Donatello; Renaissance; Sculpture; Vasari
Footage description: Shot of Donatello's David. Shot of Donatello's Jeremiah followed by Salome relief and Atys. Catherine King explains Vasari's understanding and appreciation of Donatello. Shots of 'Virgin', of 'David', of 'Putti' of 'St. George', of 'Christ', of 'Holofernes', of 'Lamentation', of 'Jeremiah', of 'Herod', and of 'Magdalen', the latter with Vasari's commentary over. Catherine King outlines the intention of the programme, to look at Donatello through Vasari's eyes and at the same time to attempt a modern evaluation. Shot of 'Magdalen' compared with Munch's 'The Cry', a head by Giacommelli. Shot of Rodin's 'Burghers of Calais' compared with Donatello's 'Jeremiah'. Shot of detail of Donatello's 'Deposition' compared with Picasso's 'Weeping Woman'. Catherine King review contemporaries opinions of 'Donatello. Shots of four door panels with Filarete's commentary over. Shot of Ghiberti's 'Story of Joseph' as contract Shot of 'Annunciation', followed by details of the angel, Virgin, and Putti Shots of 'Crucifix' by Donatello, followed by shot of Brunelleschi's 'Crucifix' Shots of 'Salome' relief by Donatello. Shots of the relief 'St. Peter and the Keys'. Shots of 'St. George' and the relief below the statue. Catherine King describes the techniques involved and contrasts them with statuary. Shot of 'David' followed by head of Goliath in same work. Shot of 'Judith and Holofernes', followed by shot of head of Holofernes, and rear view of the group Shot of Gattemalata. Shot and details of 'Miracle of the foot' relief, followed by shots of 'Zuccone'. Catherine King reviews Vasari's essential attributes of the artist, in particular judgment. Shot of Donatello's gallery and of della Robbia's gallery as comparison. Vasari's commentary on both galleries over. Shot of screaming woman from pulpit relief,followed by the 'Deposition', and details from the 'Deposition'. Shot of the 'Resurrection' and of St. Lawrence with details. Catherine King explains Vasari's acceptance of Donatello's unorthodoxy. Shot of 'Miracle of the foot' of 'Ascension' and 'Agony in illustration of Donatello's orthodoxy and unorthodoxy. Shot of St. George followed by shot of Michelangelo's 'David' with which it is compared. Shot of Michelangelo's 'Bacchuscompared with Donatello's 'David'. Catherine King reviews Vasari's difficulty in evaluating Donatello's work. Shot of 'Lamentation'.
Master spool number: 6LT/70161
Production number: 00520_1322
Videofinder number: 2433
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