Giovanni Bellini

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    Giovanni Bellini - Revolutionary Venetian Painter 

    Italian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini, who belongs to the famous Bellini family of Venetian painters, was instrumental in reviving and revolutionizing the Venetian visual style by scenting it with sensuality and colors. In 1430, Giovanni Bellini was born in Venice, Italy, and began to paint under the guidance of his father. He and his brother Gentile started to work with their father in his studio. Gentile's religious painting influenced Giovanni until about thirty; 'San Geronimo' (1455) is one of these paintings. 

     Bellini was one of the most influential and famous Venetian artists. He lived and worked in Venice all his life for 65 years. Bellini is famous for his pioneering portrait of natural light, which can be seen in works such as "The Torment in the Garden," for his delicate and graceful pictures of the Virgin Mary and his altarpieces. In 1506 despite being very old, he was the best painter of all. 

     What are the famous paintings of Giovanni Bellini?

    Giovanni Bellini was born in the main dynasty of Venetian painters. He appears to have been Gentile Bellini's younger brother. His father, Jacopo, initially shaped its development; his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna also influenced early works such as "The Blood of the Redeemer" and "The Torment in the Garden." Antonello da Messina's (an Italian painter) visit to Venice in 1756 may also have influenced him. 

      Many signed paintings have been preserved and several workshop productions, including works on this canvas. Today it is believed that "The Murder of San Pedro Mártir" is his work and not his workshop. In his old age, Bellini created some secular narrative pictures, the most important of which is "The Festival of the Gods," which was later modified by Titian. 


     Then his style became more personal and influenced by his brother-in-law, a Renaissance painter from northern Italy, Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). The dead Christ became a theme that was often repeated in his works at the time. 'Pietà' (1460) was one of these paintings, best known for its huge depiction of the dead Christ with the Virgin Mary and Saint John at his side. Using tempera as the medium of painting, the artist stylishly portrayed spirituality with the nuances of humanity. He continued his experiments with light, as manifested in his painting "The Torment in the Garden" (1465). 


     In 1479 he and his brother were commissioned to work for the Great Council Chamber in Venice. Giovanni mainly concentrated on this work for several years. There is no trace of such hard paintings today, however, as they were destroyed in the fire. In 1577 Bellini began to emancipate himself from any cultural influence and developed his unique style. 

     He experimented with oil and colors achieved further maturity in his works, as evident in "Madonna and Child" (1480). This painting showed a strong mother-child bond full of pathos and emotions. Bellini's ability to highlight characters in such battles and contemplations made him stand out among his contemporaries. 


     In recent years Bellini is known as a great experimenter of light with the stunning element in all types of painting, including landscape. Its lighting effects were so convincing that the viewer could even classify the time of the day. 

     The child was consistent incorporations into his paintings, such as "The Virgin and Child with Two Saints" (1490) and "Madonna with the Saints" (1505). In recent years, one of the most famous paintings, 'The Virgin and Child with Two Saints,' portrayed many characters, but the scene still doesn't seem dense; the work was enigmatic for its flexibility as it easily fused the characters, Landscapes, colors, and emotions. 


    Bellini died in Venice in 1516; regardless of his age, he created paintings that art lovers appreciated. The famous German artist Albert Dürer once quoted: "He is very old and yet the best painter of all."


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