Desiderio da Settignano

Desiderio da Settignano (dāzēdĕˈrēō dä sĕtˌtēnyäˈnō) [key], c.1429–64, Florentine sculptor, a follower of Donatello. His exquisitely delicate marble carving is best seen in his church decorations, bas-reliefs, and busts of women and children. Two bas-reliefs in American collections, Young St. John the Baptist (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.) and "Foulc" Madonna and Child (Philadelphia Mus. of Art), are characteristic of his style and charm. Two of his Florentine works, the tomb of Carlo Marsuppini in the Church of Santa Croce and a tabernacle in the Balsilica of San Lorenzo, are among the most beautiful of early Renaissance monuments. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., has several examples of his work.

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