Hailed as the asaviora of Venetian painting by Jacob Burckhardt and declared by Albrecht DA¼rer to be the foremost painter of the city, Giovanni Bellini is a pivotal figure in the development of Italian Renaissance art. With Giovanni Bellini, renowned art historian Oskar BActschmann charts the fraught trajectory of Bellinias career, highlighting the crucial works that established his far-reaching influence in the Renaissance. The artist struggled to break out of the long shadow cast by his accomplished father Jacopo and father-in-law Andrea Mantegna, and BActschmann chronicles Bellinias development of distinct aesthetic and painting techniques that enabled him to set himself apart. Bellini also insisted on choosing his own subjects and themes, independent of the preferences of his patron Isabella daEste, and thus set new standards for the role of the artist. Anchoring the analysis are a wealth of vibrant color reproductions that include such famous works as The Feast of the Gods and Madonna and Child, as well as photographs of Bellinias lauded altar-pieces at the churches of San Giobbe, Murano, and San Zaccania. Drawing on these masterpieces, BActschmann argues that Bellinias artistry and skillful blending of colors created a new aesthetic more akin to music than to previous approaches to painting. And by leading viewers to understand this subtle, refined sensibility, Bellini transformed them into knowledgeable admirers of art. A lushly illustrated and expansive study, Giovanni Bellini is essential for all historians and admirers of Renaissance art.Visible are several musical instruments: a harp, two or three lutes and a viola da gamba.4 Jacopo Da#39;Andreaa#39;s painting yokes together ... The artistic-political message could be summarized as follows: the Venetian artists honour their German colleague, Diirer; Giovanni ... as a a#39;gentiluomoa#39;, and supresses all references to manual labour.7 Giorgione, who was positioned together with his lute at the centre ofanbsp;...
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