Saint Mark

Saint Mark
Artist Donatello
Year 1411–1413
Medium Marble
Location Orsanmichele, Florence
Height 93 in (236 cm)
Famous Artwork by Donatello
Saint Mark
The Feast of Herod
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Judith and Holofernes

The Saint Mark statue created by Donatello is perhaps one of his most famous creations. It is located in Orsanmichele, Florence and is completely made of marble.


The linen weavers’ guild asked Donatello to create this piece in order to fill a project that would have three pieces. The other pieces were left to other stove carvers to create. It is located inside of the Orsanmichele’s church in Florence, but there is a copy of it where it was originally placed. Donatello had to adjust the head and torso after it was created because the guild rejected it. The adjustments made it more proportionate when viewed at farther distances.


This intricately designed marble statue is 7’9″ and housed in a beautiful niche that was created by the other carvers commissioned for the job. The details on the carving show everything from St. Mark’s robe layers to the veins in his hand. His left knee is bent and he is turned slightly to the left, and in his left hand he holds a book.

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