quattro tartarughe / four turtles

During my trip to Italy in 2015, we stumbled upon an exhibit of the great artist Donatello while visiting Padova. It was a series of 3 statues of Christ during his crucifixion that were on display, having just recently been restored. They were magnificent. But most importantly, they sparked an idea that would please the inner child inside of me. Anyone who grew up in the 80’s or 90’s knew who the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were long before they know the great renaissance artists that they are given their name from.

I set out to capture photos of all four master’s and their works of art.

With so much history and culture in Italy, it became helpful to have a goal and mission while visiting galleries. I named this quest “the quattro tartarughe”, which is the literal translation of four turtles from Italian to English. I had four weeks to make the pilgrimage across the Italian art world to discover the 3 other masters. It turned out that we were quite lucky to see Donatello first, because they were the only works by him that we ended up seeing.


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from my 1990’s Childhood. (Micaelangelo, Leonardo, Rafael & Donataello).


Jesus Christ by Donatello. 2015.

Work of great artist Donatello. 2015.


Annunciation. 2015.

St Jermaine in the Wilderness. 2015.

St Jermaine in the Wilderness. 2015.


The School of Athens. 2015.

Alter of Transfiguration. 2015.

The School of Athens. 2015.

Disputation of the Holy Sacrament. 2015.


Doni Tondo at the Uffizi.. 2015.

David. 2015.

David. 2015.

Madonna Inside the Vatican. 2015.

Sculpture. 2015.