A lavish volume on the life and masterworks of the artist whose name is synonymous with Venetian Renaissance painting.
In his seventies, Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516) was described by the German master Albrecht Dürer as "very old, but still the best painter of all" and modern art historians agree that he was the most inventive of the Northern Italian painters. Giovanni, the youngest of the three Bellini artists, was the Doge's chief painter and the teacher of Titian, Giorgione, and dozens of others. He showed great imagination and versatility in producing numerous Madonna paintings for churches and private patrons, exquisitely calibrating his style for a variety of commissions from small devotional works to huge altarpieces. Beautifully observed landscapes and natural details often appear in his moving sacred scenes and in his sensitive and boldly simple portraits.
Giovanni Bellini's paintings-prized works in the collections of major museums throughout America and Europe-are presented here in stunning full-color photography to complement Anchise Tempestini's thorough and lucid text. An opening essay placing the painter in his historical and art-historical context is followed by twenty-five short essays on paintings of major importance, illustrated with enlarged details. The book closes with a catalogue raisonné of all Bellini's works, a bibliography, and indexes of works and their locations.Complete and authoritative, this elegant volume will become a standard reference for art historians and the general reader.