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|Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516)
Giovanni Bellini was a Venetian painter.
His focus was on religious subjects.
His most important contribution to art lay in his experimentation with the use of color and atmosphere in oil painting.
Through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep, rich colors and detailed shadings.
His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on Venetian painting school.
When he died, he was chief painter to the state of Venice.
Pen and brown ink
3 7/16 x 3 1/2 in.
A young woman with long, curly hair wrestles open the jaws of a lion. The play of light and shadow across her belted dress emphasizes the rounded curves of her body, while Giovanni Bellini's simple yet powerful portrayal of her wrestling grip emphasized his skill with contrasts. He drew the woman's delicate curls with circular strokes, subtly different from the looser, curving lines of the lion's mane. Bellini displayed a confident and assured touch unusual for such a small-scale work.
The woman represents Fortitude, one of the four Cardinal Virtues, a symbol of endurance and strength in mythology. She is more usually shown as a warrior, wearing a helmet and holding a shield, spear, or sword. Scholars do not know the purpose of this drawing, but because of its small size, it was likely made for a miniature or manuscript illumination.
The J. Paul Getty Trust
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|Date:||Sunday June 3, 2007 2:36:14 pm MDT|
|Subject:||Giovanni Bellini biography|
|Message:||Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430 - 1516), Venetian painter, is probably the best known of the Bellini family of painters; his father was Jacopo Bellini and his brother was Gentile Bellini.
His focus was on religious subjects, rather than the increasing popular classical subject matter. His work shows the influence of Andrea Mantegna, who became his brother-in-law in 1454. His most important contribution to art lay in his experimentation with the use of color and atmosphere in oil painting. He is considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it towards a more "sensuous and colouristic style". Through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep, rich colors and detailed shadings. His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had agreat effect on Venetian painting school, especially on his pupils. When he died, he was chief painter to the state of Venice.
His work includes the Altarpiece with St Vincent Ferrar (1464), decoration of the Scuola Grande di San Marco (1470s) in conjunction with his brother Gentile, the portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan (c.1501), S. Zaccaria Altarpiece (1505) and The Feast of the Gods (c.1514) painted for the study of Alfonso d'Este.
His most famous pupils were Giorgione and Titian.
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