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Here a short schedule about the most famous venetian's painters.
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Hotel Giorgione
SS. Apostoli, 4587
30131 Venice, Italy
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THE MOST FAMOUS VENETIAN'S PAINTERS: BELLINI

Giovanni Bellini In 1506, Albrecht Dürer wrote to his typographer in reference to Giovanni Bellini: «Everybody told me he was a great man and in fact he is, and I consider myself a good friend of him. He is very old, but surely the greatest painter of all.» Giovanni Bellini’s life remains a question mark for several reasons and many of his greatest paintings still lack documentation. The year he was born is uncertain, but according to Vasari, who affirmed that he died in 1516, his birthdate is aproximated to be 1426. He started his career around 1445-50 and his earliest paintings had a harsh character revealing suggestions from the Vivarinis and from his father Jacopo, with whom, just like his brother Gentile, Giovanni had his first pictorial experiences. In 1460, he signed along with Jacopo and his brother Gentile the Pala Gattamelata for the Church of Sant'Antonio da Padova, for the Bernardino and Francesco Chapel. Giovanni formed in an economically rich, mercantile city, as was Venice in those years, where two relevant artistic examples have proven to be primary influences in his artistic conception: the Byzantine art, with its iconic majesty and the Flemish art with its analitycal precision. Also significant was the contact Giovanni had with Donatello tradition in Padua and with Andrea Mantegna, who married Giovanni's sister Nicosia in 1453. It was in his early years that Giovanni started the series with the Madonna and Child, theme much loved by the painter. In the first examples a sweet tension appears to bind the Mother with her Child, surrounded by a deep pathos. Among the many important paintings, we have to mention the Crucifixion, formerly in the Church of San Salvador in Venice and the Transfiguration, both conserved in the Museum Correr of the city. The latter has long been attributed to Mantegna because of a monogram, later recognized non apocryphal, still visible on the painting on the lower right corner. Around the middle of the XV Century the Venetian Church of Santa Maria della Carità was to be rebuilt and Giovanni was asked to execute four big triptychs to be situated in four noble altars erected between 1460 and 1464. Now the same paintings are on exposition at the Gallerie dell'Accademia of Venice. The Madonna in Throne with the Child and Six Saints, executed around 1480 for the Church of San Giobbe has to be considered a relevant episode of Giovanni's maturity. This composition served as prototype for similar paintings where the Child sits over the knee of his Mother, as in the Madonna and The Red Cherubs of the Gallerie dell'Accademia. The triptych in the Church of the Frari with the Madonna and Child with The Saints Nicolò, Pietro Marco and Benedetto was executed in 1488 just like the altar-piece for the Church of San Pietro Martire in Murano with the Madonna and Child with The Saints Marco, Agostino and The Kneeling Donor Agostino Barbarigo. From the seventies Giovanni executed a number of portraits such as the one with Jorg Fugger in 1474, the Portrait of a young man in red and the Portrait of a Condottiere of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Among the profane production are to be considered the four tablets decorating a toilette, once property of the painter and scholar Vincenzo Catena, that he mentions in one of his several wills. Around 1505 Giovanni should have executed the famous Madonna del Prato of the National Gallery of London where liric is coniugated with methaphorical and religious meaning. In the latest years of his career the master realised the most beautiful altar-piece for the Church of San Zaccaria, dated 1505 and the nontheless exquisite altar-piece for the Church of San Giovanni Grisostomo in Venice.

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