Giovanni Bellini

c1428-1516 Italy-Early Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-Giovanni's father Jacopo, being a leading artist of the time had a workshop with a considerable number of students. Giovanni and his brother Gentile were two such students. Giovanni didn't adhere to his father's style of painting, he created his own technique. However, he did become influenced by Andrea Mantegna who married his sister Nicolosia. Giovanni's wife was Ginevra; she bore him a son named Alvise. In 1474 Gentile started work on the Great Hall of the Doge's Palace and later Giovanni joined in the project. The work lasted for thirty-five years.
During the 1470s Giovanni was introduced to the medium of oil by Antonello da Messina from Sicily. Working with oil had a profound effect on his work. It inspired him to take up portraiture which also increased his revenue somewhat. He was at this stage the State Painter and regarded as the best artist in Venice. In his later years he helped younger artists, he commissioned a painting from Albrecht Durer whose work he also admired. Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) and Goirgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco (Giorgione) had been pupils of his; he later learned techniques from them. They also retouched some of his later paintings.
Titan eventually took over Giovanni's position as State Painter and the decorator of the Doge's Palace. However, it is thought that this was brought about by Giovanni's delays in his work; he was in his eighties by this time. He died shortly afterwards in 1516.

 

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San Giobbe
Alterpiece

San Gibbe Alterpiece

Doge Leonardo
Loredan

Doge Leonardo Loredan

Pesaro
Alterpiece

Pesaro Alterpiece

Frari
Alterpiece

Frari Alterpiece

Murano
Altarpiece

Murano Altarpiece

Frari Triptych
center

Frari Triptych center

Frari
Triptych

Frari Triptych

The
Polyptych

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri center

Polyptych of San
Vincenzo

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri left

Polyptych of San
Vincenzo

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri right

Polyptych of San
Vincenzo Ferreri

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri predella one

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri predella two

Polyptych of San
Vincenzo

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri predella three

Polyptych of San
Vincenzo

Polyptych of San Vincenzo Ferreri predella

San Zaccaria
Altarpiece

San Zaccaria Altarpiece

Angel of the
Annunciation

Angel of the Annunciation and Virgin Annunciate

Baptism of
Christ

Baptism of Christ

Blessing
Christ

Blessing Christ

the
Crucifix

Crucifix

The
Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Dead Christ in
the Sepulchre

Dead Christ in the Sepulchre

Dead Christ
Supported by Angels

Dead Christ Supported by Angels

Christ Supported
by the Madonna

Dead Christ Supported by the Madonna and Saint John

Dead Christ
Supported

Dead Christ Supported

the
Madonna

Madonna of the Meadow

Saint
Francis

Saint Francis

Agony in the
Garden

Agony in the Garden

Drunkennes
of Noah

Drunkennes of Noah

Supported
by Two Angels

Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels

Supported
by Two Angels 2

Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels two

The
Transfiguration

The Transfiguration

Head of
the Baptist

Head of the Baptist

trhe
Redeemer

Head of the Redeemer

Madonna
and Child

Madonna and Child one

Madonna
and Child

Madonna and Child two

Madonna
and Child

Madonna and Child three

Madonna and Child Blessing

Madonna and Child Blessing

Madonna and Child
with Saint John

Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist and a Saint

Madonna and Child
with Two Saints

Madonna and Child with Two Saints

Madonna and Child
with Four Saints

Madonna and Child with Four Saints and Donator

Madonna Enthroned
Adoring-

Madonna Enthroned Adoring the Sleeping Child

Madonna in
Adoration

Madonna in Adoration of the Sleeping Child

Madonna with
Blessing Child

Madonna with Blessing Child

Madonna
with Child 1

Madonna with Child one

Madonna with
Child 2

Madonna with Child two

Madonna with
Child Blessing

Madonna with Child Blessing

Madonna
with Child

Madonna with Child

Madonna with
the Child 1

Madonna with the Child one

Madonna with the Child 2

Madonna with the Child two

Madonna with
the Child

Madonna with the Child

Lamentation over the Dead Christ

Lamentation over the Dead Christ

in Front of
the Mirror

Young Woman in front of mirror

Pesaro Altarpiece
predella 1

Pesaro Altarpiece predella one

Pesaro Altarpiece
predella 2

Pesaro Altarpiece predella two

Pesaro Altarpiece
predella 3

Pesaro Altarpiece predella three

Pesaro Altarpiece
predella 4

Pesaro Altarpiece predella four

the
Pieta 1

Pieta one

the
Pieta g

Pieta

the
Pieta 2

Pieta two

Portrait of a Humanist

Portrait of a Humanist

Portrait of a Man
with a Turban

Portrait of a Man with a Turban

Portrait of a
Young Man 1

Portrait of a Young Man one

Portrait of a
Young Man 2

Portrait of a Young Man two

Portrait of a
Young Man 3

Portrait of a Young Man three

Portrait of a
Young Man in Red

Portrait of a Young Man in Red

Portrait of
Giovanni Emo

Portrait of Giovanni Emo

Portrait of
Teodoro of Urbino

Portrait of Teodoro of Urbino

Presentation
at the Temple

Presentation at the Temple

the
Resurrection

Resurrection of Christ

Sacred
Allegory

Sacred Allegory

Sacred
Conversation

Sacred Conversation

Saint
Jerome

Saint Jerome in the Desert

Jerome Reading
1

Saint Jerome Reading in the Countryside one

Jerome Reading
2

Saint Jerome Reading in the Countryside two

Jerome Reading
3

Saint Jerome Reading in the Countryside three

Saints Christopher Jerome and Louis

Saints Christopher Jerome and Louis of Toulouse

Four Allegories
Falsehood

Four Allegories Falsehood

Four Allegories
Fortune

Four Allegories Fortune

Four Allegories
Lust

Four Allegories Lust

Four Allegories
Prudence

Four Allegories Prudence

Santa
Conversazione

Santa Conversazione

The
Calvary

The Calvary

The Feast of
the Gods

The Feast of the Gods

The
Young Bacchus

The Young Bacchus

Sermon of Saint Mark

Sermon of Saint Mark in Alexandria

The Murder of Saint
Peter the Martyr

The Murder of Saint Peter the Martyr

Transfiguration
of Christ

Transfiguration of Christ

Virgin in Glory
with Saints

Virgin in Glory with Saints