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Zuccone by Donatello
Artist Donatello
Year 1423–1425
Type Marble
Location Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Florence), Florence

Lo Zuccone (Italian pronunciation: [lo dzukˈkoːne]; Italian: literally, pumpkin; figuratively bald-head) is the popular name given to a marble statue by Donatello. It was commissioned for the bell tower of the Cathedral of Florence, Italy and completed between 1423 and 1425. It is also known as the Statue of the Prophet Habakkuk, as many believe it depicts the Biblical figure Habakkuk.

The statue is known for its realism and naturalism, which differed from most statuary commissioned at the time.[1] Zuccone is reported to have been Donatello's favorite, and he was said to swear by the sculpture, "By the faith I place in my Zuccone."[2] Donatello is said to have shouted "speak, damn you, speak!" at the marble as he was carving it.[3] It has been described as the most important marble sculpture of the fifteenth century.[3] It is now in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence.


  1. ^ Lindsay, David - Earl of Crawford (1911) Donatello. Echo Library (reprint 2008), ISBN 9781406849318
  2. ^ Spooner, Shearjashub (1880). Anecdotes of painters, engravers, sculptors and architects, and curiosities of art, Volumes 1-3. A.W. Lovering
  3. ^ a b Butterfield, Andrew. "The Magic of Donatello". New York Review of Books. NYREV, INC. Retrieved 22 April 2015.

External links

  • Florence Cathedral site (English)

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