Gentile Bellini

Gentile Bellini (1426-1507) was the son of Jacopo. He is especially known for his large paintings which decorate public buildings, such as the "Scuola di San Rocco". The school "Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista" gave him great support: it appointed Bellini and other influential painters of that time to carry out many works of art.

The most magnificent painting by Gentile is definitely "Miracle" in St. Mark's Square, a painting whose central theme is a miracle: it deals with a father who asks for help from the jeweled reliquary of St. Mark's Square because of the serious disease from which his son suffers. Afterwards, the son is saved.

Beyond the religious theme, the work is important due to its historical significance: it shows St. Mark's Square before the removal of the old Byzantine mosaics in the XVI° century. Gentile Bellini is highly regarded for his combinations of the emotional effect evoked by religious themes, with his attention for detail.

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