12 July-28 April. Palazzo Venezia displays the precious terracotta bust depicting S. Lorenzo by the early Italian Renaissance sculptor Donato de' Bardi (c.1386-1466), better known as Donatello.
The S. Lorenzo bust was created originally for the main portal of the church of Pieve di S. Lorenzo in the town of Borgo S. Lorenzo in Mugello, located 40 km north of Florence. It is thought that Donatello made the piece around 1440, the same period as he created his celebrated bronze David.
The fact that S. Lorenzo is coming to Rome for nine months is particularly special given that the bust was only rediscovered in 2003 after being lost for centuries.
In 1889 it entered the collection of the Princes of Liechtenstein, where it became misattributed. The 15th-century masterpiece was sold in 2003 as a "19th-century work in Renaissance style" and is currently in the collection of Paris-based collectors Peter Silverman and Kathleen Onorato.
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Donatello's S. Lorenzo at Rome's Palazzo Venezia
Palazzo Venezia, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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