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Zuccone by Donatello
LocationMuseo dell'Opera del Duomo (Florence), Florence

Lo Zuccone (Italian pronunciation: [lo dzukˈkoːne]), which translates from Italian as "large head" or "bald head",[1] 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, though Vasari says that it is a portrait (in Biblical garb) of Giovanni di Barduccio Cherichini.[2]

The statue is known for its realism and naturalism, which differed from most statuary commissioned at the time.[3] Zuccone is reported to have been Donatello's favorite, and he has been claimed to swear by the sculpture, "By the faith I place in my zuccone."[2][4] Donatello is said to have shouted "speak, damn you, speak!" at the marble as he was carving it.[2][5] It has been described as the most important marble sculpture of the fifteenth century.[5] It is now in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence.


  1. ^ "Vocabolario on line Treccani" (in Italian). Istituto Enciclopedico Treccani. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Vasari, Giorgio (1568). "Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori". Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  3. ^ Lindsay, David - Earl of Crawford (1911) Donatello. Echo Library (reprint 2008), ISBN 9781406849318
  4. ^ Spooner, Shearjashub (1880). Anecdotes of painters, engravers, sculptors and architects, and curiosities of art, Volumes 1-3. A.W. Lovering
  5. ^ a b Butterfield, Andrew. "The Magic of Donatello". New York Review of Books. NYREV, INC. Retrieved 22 April 2015.

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