Giovanni Bellini

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Giovanni Bellini was born in Venice, Italy around 1430. He was the son of Jacopo Bellini, an esteemed painter at the time, and probably began his career along side his brother as an assistant in his father’s workshop. Though his artwork was influenced by many of his friends and relatives, Giovanni possessed certain qualities in his compositions which set him apart from the others. He blended the styles of both his father and brother-in-law, Andrea Mantegna, with his own subtle appreciation of color and light, the high regard he held for the detail of natural landscape, along with the very direct human empathy he placed in his painting. These components of Bellini’s personal style became foundational to the character of all Venetian…show more content…
The Form is Mary on her throne, with the Child Jesus seated on her right knee, between St. Dominic, St. Sebastian, and St. Augustine on the right, and St.Francis, St. Job, and St. John the Baptist on the left. The throne is of marble, and at its base, there are three young angel musicians. Criticism on the work is as follows " This beautiful production still appears to combine all the qualities for which Bellini might up to this time have claimed praise appropriate and dignified composition, noble character, elevated feeling, and chastened design." I think the painting is a beautiful representation of Mary and Jesus and the angels. The tecnique Bellini uses to create the desired depth and illusion amazes me as his figures defy space which fools the mind into thinking that Mary and the Saints really are there, when in actuality, they really are.

Bellini developed a new kind of mythology in which the Olympian gods appear as peasants enjoying human pleasures in his work which was painted in partner with Titian, The Feast of the gods. His source for the composition was Ovid’s Fasti, which provides a description of a banquet of the gods. The figures are spread across the foreground of the picture plane: Satyrs and nymphs attending to the gods, couples engage in sensual play and others explore various earthly pleasures. The work was composed for the
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