Verrocchio was a Renaissance Master - Make him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

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Andrea del Verrocchio is one of the most important figures in the history of art and in the High Renaissance, but he has largely been forgotten by history. Recent exhibitions at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington have sought to emphasize his primacy, as a painter and sculptor working at the Medici Court. We cannot help but understand his modern obfuscation having occurred due to his lack of inclusion as one of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT): Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

Frankly, anyone with a basic understanding of the Florentine Renaissance must be slightly flabbergasted with the four chosen namesakes. Donatello is in no way contemporary to either Leonardo, Raphael, or Michelangelo. Furthermore, Verrocchio clearly surpassed Donatello in achievement in 15th century art. Verrocchio's David is infinitely more handsome than Donatello's version, and his Incredulity of Thomas has fascinated viewers for centuries, having replaced Donatello's Saint Louis in the Florence Orsanmichele. Verrocchio also produced the first bust length marble sculpture of a woman since antiquity, and his Putto with a Dolphin was the first Renaissance sculpture intended to be seen fully in 360 degrees. But this is only considering his prowess in sculpture! Verrocchio's studio produced the finest painted artworks of the late Florentine Quattrocento, and the artist taught Leonardo da Vinci, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Pietro Perugino; the latter pair's pupils include, respectively, Michelangelo and Raphael. Considering this auspicious lineage, we cannot help but understand a more perfect quartet than that formed by Verrocchio, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

We propose two remedies. The first would be for Verrocchio to replace Donatello within the teenage band. Perhaps Donatello's character could move away to attend college, or die in an accident. A second option would be for a Verrocchio character to be added as a fifth turtle. Perhaps he could be some kind of elder teacher to the group, which would historically please even the strictest of Renaissance historians.