Which Florentine sculptor created the first free-standing nude statue in western Europe since classical times?

Donatello (born Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) was an early Renaissance sculptor from Florence who created what is believed to be the first free-standing nude statue since classical times. Around 1430, the foremost art patron in the area, Cosimo de Medici, commissioned Donatello to create a bronze sculpture of the biblical king David. The statue that Donatello created from this commission is considered to be his most famous work.