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Giovanni Bellini

Bellini's Pietà

Bellini's Pietà

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Giovanni Bellini (1428-1516) is without a doubt one of the most important Renaissance painters, and he is recognized as the most emblematic figure of Venetian Renaissance art. Giovanni Bellini also worked as sculptor, but he is particularly famous for his paintings. His principal characteristic was his development of a new form of landscape, far from the excessive formality of Mantegna, who had great influence on his early work.

His newly developed theme gave importance to the connection between Human and Nature. A great example of this style is La pietà, located in the Marciano Museum. 

Bellini is known also for the use of the tempera, which makes the action of painting easier but does not allow the possibility of modifications. The use of tempera and colour is not only a characteristic of Bellini, but it is a characteristic of the whole Venetian Renaissance, which distinguishes it from Florentine Renaissance.

Another significant work of the "Blessed Virgin" by Bellini is the "Madonna degli alberi", displayed in the Academia. In this work, Bellini represents the human devotion of the Madonna to God.


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