Never-before-seen works of Michelangelo, Donatello and Andrea Bregno on display

July 6, 2010. Michelangelo, Donatello and Andrea Bregno are three of the Renaissance's greatest artists.  Their works decisively influenced art in their era.

“The Shape of the Renaissance” hopes to demonstrate these masters' influence.  The exposition shows the three artists' lesser works and those of other great, 15th-century sculptors.

Donatello's works surprise visitors with their vitality and level of expression.  The exhibition begins with a great bronze sculpture he shaped.

“Just walking in there is this really huge, huge horse head and I was kind of  'OK, we're here.'”

“I really liked the statue of the horse. I was really taken back by the detail.”

The least-known of the artists is Andrea Bregno.  A number of busts he sculpted are in the exhibit, including “Christ, the Savior of the World.” 

Sculptures from the popes' tombs in St. Peter's Basilica are also on display.

The section dedicated to Michelangelo displays his beautiful, marble sculpture, “Marine wind,” which has never been shown in public.  It's in a newly renovated room called the “Hall of Battles.”

“What's interesting about the exhibition is that they're never-before-seen sculptures.  You could visit Rome and see other sculptures by Michelangelo but you couldn't see these before.”

“It is really nice to be able to be up close and see the details and appreciate the work.”

One of the most praised sculptures in the  exhibition is “Sleeping Cupid.”  The attention it has drawn is ironic, as it's the lone anonymous sculpture in a hall filled with masters.

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