“Sculpture in the Age of Donatello,” a splendid small show of early-Renaissance Florentine works at the Museum of Biblical Art, on Broadway at Sixty-first Street, impelled me to haul down my very long-neglected copy of the Good Book. What I read—which I’ll get to—startled me. It lends dramatic irony to “Prophet” (1435-36), a statue of an Old Testament minor seer, thought to be Habakkuk, which Donatello created for the bell tower of the Florence Cathedral. It is one of the greatest sculptures in the world, and among the most mysterious.
Habakkuk? Which one was he? That got me wondering.
In gray marble, he stands about six