Giovanni Bellini






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Known as: Venetian Renaissance painter
Born: c. 1430, Venice, Italy
Date of death: 1516, Venice

Bellini's father was the painter Jacopo Bellini and his brother was the artist Gentile Bellini who he worked with closely throughout his life. They worked in their father's workshop and were their father's assistants as he worked in and around Venice...


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He worked with tempera in his early pictures, and what is strange (or weird) to behold when you look at the early work is how he combined a severe and rigid style with a depth of genuine religious feeling enveloping a gentle humanity. So you find the piece gives off a aura of strictness but within the strictness you in turn find tenderness. For me, that gives the work a kind of otherness, or not-of-this-world-type feeling.

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GIOVANNI BELLINI: FRAGMENTS FROM A LIFE

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This juxtapositioning is almost seamless when you get to his later work. It's as it should be. And the colours are all the more striking which he achieved by layering colors in new and varied ways.

In 1479 Bellini took his brother's place in continuing the painting of great historical scenes in the Hall of the Great Council in Venice. During that year and the next he devoted his time and energy to this project, painting six or seven new canvases. These, his greatest works, were destroyed by fire in 1577.

He became one of the greatest landscape painters of all time. And he lived to see his own school of painting achieve dominance and acclaim. His pupils included Titian.

Bellini died in Venice in 1516.

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Giovanni Bellini
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Giovanni Bellini
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Giovanni Bellini
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giovanni bellini young woman at her toilet, detail of the face, 1515

Giovanni Bellini
Young Woman At Her Toilet, detail of the face, 1515
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giovanni bellini the doge barbarigo, st. john, and musician angels (detail) 1500; st. pietro di murano, venice

Giovanni Bellini
The Doge Barbarigo, St. John, And Musician Angels (detail) 1500
St. Pietro di Murano, Venice
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giovanni bellini giovanni bellini / angelo musicante ii giovanni bellini / depiction of jesus in the temple giovanni bellini / lament over the dead christ giovanni bellini / leonardo loredan (1436-1521), doge of venice from 1501-21, c.1501 giovanni bellini / madonna and child and saints giovanni bellini / madonna and child enthroned between ss. francis, john the baptist, job, dominic, sebastian, louis giovanni bellini / madonna and child giovanni bellini / madonna and child giovanni bellini / madonna and child giovanni bellini / mary magdalene, detail from the virgin and child with st. catherine and mary magdalene, c. 1500 giovanni bellini / portrait of a young man, c.1500 giovanni bellini / portrait of a young senator, 1485-90 giovanni bellini / putti musicanti giovanni bellini / saint francis in ecstasy giovanni bellini / saint jerome reading giovanni bellini / san zaccaria altarpiece giovanni bellini / st. dominic, 1515 giovanni bellini / st. george and the dragon, predella (detail) giovanni bellini / st. jerome in the desert, 1480-87 giovanni bellini / st. peter giovanni bellini / st. ursula and four saints giovanni bellini / st. vincent ferrer altarpiece, c. 1465 giovanni bellini / the madonna of the trees, 1487 giovanni bellini / the pieta, c. 1505 giovanni bellini / the san giobbe altarpiece, detail of music-making angels, c. 1480 giovanni bellini / the virgin and child blessing, 1460-70 giovanni bellini / the virgin and child with st. catherine and st. ursula giovanni bellini / transfiguration giovanni bellini / virgin and child with st. catherine and mary magdalene, c. 1500 giovanni bellini / virgin mary, from the annunciation diptych

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