Portrait of the Doge of Leonardo Loredano, Giovanni (Jambellino) Bellini

Portrait of the Doge of Leonardo Loredano, Giovanni (Jambellino) Bellini
Portrait of the Doge of Leonardo Loredano, Giovanni (Jambellino) Bellini - 1

  • Posted by Giovanni Bellini
  • Museum: National Gallery (London)
  • Year: Around 1501-1502

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the Doge of Leonardo Loredano – Giovanni (Jambellino) Bellini. Around 1501-1502. Oil on canvas. 61.6×45.1
   The great artist, Giovanni (Jambellino) Bellini, the second son of Jacopo Bellini, the founder of the dynasty, has always been at the epicenter of the political and spiritual life of Venice. The master died at the age of 86.

   “Portrait of a Doge by Leonardo Loredano” is one of the most amazing portraits in European art. On this canvas, it is presented in an official vestments, which traditionally depicted the rulers of Venice on ceremonial portraits. The work was written in the popular style of portrait busts at that time, the samples of which were monuments of Roman sculpture.

   The picture was performed at the very beginning of the twenty-year reign. His steel look leaves no doubt about the rigidity of future rule, marked by the almost ceased struggle of the Republic of Venice with numerous enemies. The portrait has a magical effect: the longer you look at it, the more it attracts to itself. Doge was not a monarch, king or king, but the viewer feels his exclusivity. And this is the exclusivity of the individual, not the dignity.