Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini

Style: High Renaissance

Lived: c, 1430 - 1516 (15th - 16th century)

Nationality: Italy

Giovanni Bellini (born in 1430 in Venetia), 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 artist Andrea Mantegna, who became his brother-in-law in 1454. His most important contribution to art lay in his experiments 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. Giovanni created deep, rich colors and detailed shadings, through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints. His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on Venetian painting school, especially on his own pupils. He worked on historical paintings for the Doges' Palace from 1479 until his death in 1516.

His most famous pupils were Giorgione and Titian.

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