Donatello, The Miracle of the Mule

How would you react to a miracle? Donatello renders Saint Anthony’s audience in awe, excitement, and prayer in this bronze relief.

Donatello, The Miracle of the Mule, 1446–50, bronze partially gilt, 57 x 123 cm (Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua). Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker


Additional resources

Donatello, the Renaissance at the Palazzo Strozzi

Donatello—a master at work from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Creighton E. Gilbert, “The Original Assembly of Donatello’s Padua Altar,” Artibus et Historiae, volume 28, number 55 (2007), pp. 11–22.

Geraldine A. Johnson, “Approaching the Altar: Donatello’s Sculpture in the Santo,” Renaissance Quarterly, volume 52, number 3 (1999), pp. 627–66.


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Cite this page as: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Donatello, The Miracle of the Mule," in Smarthistory, October 4, 2023, accessed May 24, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/donatello-the-miracle-of-the-mule/.