Friday, June 21, 2013

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Albrecht Durer, The Knight Death and the Devil, c. 1513

Settignano was on an ascension to God through the fleece of Saint John. The element that made him a difference from his contemporaries was his sensitivity and his gentle hand with the chisel. He was also far more gentle in approach than his predecessors who seem to have had a different message than Donatello or Settignano. The problem with the level of sensitivity with Settignano was not something expressed in his work other than his equation with Saint John feeling he needed a blessing from Christ or God.

Martin Schongauer, Temptation of Saint Anthony