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The statue of St. George was created by the great Italian sculptor Donatello between 1415 and 1416. According to the custom of that time, the sculpture was ordered and paid for by the workshop of gunsmiths who planned to install a statue of their patron in the outdoor niche of the church of Or San Michele.
The created sculpture exceeded all expectations in its magnificence. St. George, who is the patron saint of all soldiers who go to battle to defend the ideals of humanism, justice and the purity of the human soul. Donatello allowed himself to create a young man, firmly on his feet and directing his clear gaze into the distant future.
St. George rests on a large shield, which depicts a cross - a symbol of the entire Christian faith. He is not a peaceful messenger - he is a warrior, characterized by steadfastness, faith in God, his own strengths and people who are ready to follow him.
One glance at the sculpture is enough to understand how courageous and courageous a man is, forever frozen in the form of a stone sculpture. Masculinity is also given to St. George by powerful armor, the brilliance of which was available for contemplation for only a few decades.
In the original version, there was a helmet on the head of St. George, and a sword in the hand. Numerous movements of the statue, its long storage in an inappropriate place for this, and a number of other not very pleasant circumstances, led to the fact that the sword and helmet disappeared.
Despite the fact that at the time of the creation of the statue Donatello was at a fairly young age, he succeeded in what not a single sculptor had succeeded before him. It was Donatello who first managed to give the motionless statue the appearance of lightness and readiness for movement, for which he used the illusion of rotational movement.
The creation of St. George brought Donatello world fame as the greatest of the sculptors of his time.
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