Do you have your own unique style, a combination of all your influences?
So did Donatello.
If the Renaissance represented the rediscovery and revival of ancient Roman and Greek traditions, then Donatello must be counted as one of its first heroes.
A Florentine native, Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi was born in 1386, the son of a craftsman. He trained as a goldsmith and apprenticed with Lorenzo Ghiberti, famous for the celebrated and awe-inspiring doors of Florence Baptistery situated directly across from the city's Duomo and later dubbed “The Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo.
Donatello was also a contemporary of Filippo Brunelleschi, who would later cap the then-roofless Duomo with its iconic dome. It is said that the two traveled to Rome together in 1407 to help excavate Roman ruins. In digging up these ancient artifacts, they also dug up forgotten artistic truths about linear perspective and rendering three-dimensionality in art, thus sparking the Renaissance period that brought the Middle Ages to a close, forever.