Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini - 1

  • Year of birth: 1430
  • Date of death: 29 Nov 1516
  • Country: Italy


Giovanni Bellini is a famous Italian painter, the greatest disciple of the school of painting in Venice. Bellini laid the Foundation of pictorial art of the Renaissance in Venice.

Bellini became a recognized genius during his lifetime, but his life, both creative and mundane, poorly documented, so all dates, including the Dating of works is not accurate. Birth date on many documents at odds: some sources claim that the future artist was born in 1430, others – 1426. However, the most likely first option.

He was born Jacopo Bellini, who had three sons, including John, and one daughter. Anna Repinski, his wife, made a will before the first birth, which is preserved in the archives. However, the eldest son is considered a Gentile, so the date of birth of Giovanni can be attributed to 30-33 years of the 15th century.

In addition, among the researchers there have been suggestions, however, did not find documentary evidence that Giovanni had not the native son of Anna Repinski, and was the illegitimate son of Jacopo, as in her last will and Testament has not been mentioned, and all property passed to the sons of Gentile, Niccolo and daughters of Nicolosi.

Creative way Bellini

It is believed that the training he took from his father, who was an artist, about 1449, and 1459 to lead a workshop in Venice.

Early artwork of Giovanni can be described as a dramatically acute, aged in cool colors. These include “Pieta”, written around 1470. However, by the end of the 70 years his style of writing changed. The impetus for this was the arrival in Venice in 1475, Antonello da Messina and his painting. The works of Bellini are clear and clean. This period of his work is marked by a harmonious stately portraits, including many portraits of the Madonna that became his special theme (“Madonna with trees”, “Madonna”, “Madonna of the lake”), written in the midst of magnificent scenery (“Feast of the gods”, “the Stigmatization of St. Francis”). There clearly are characteristic features of Renaissance painting: clear, orderly composition and human interest. This period was important not only for the artist but to the Venetian painting in General. The later period of creativity Giovanni characteristic scenes from ancient mythology (“Feast of the gods”). His latest picture is “fra Teodoro da Urbino”, which is the date 1515. It long remained unfinished. Only after 11 years was finished Vittore Belliniano, which was delivered to the signature and date on the picture.

Giovanni Bellini finished his life journey in 1516. On 29 November, the Italian historian Marino Sanudo wrote in his “Diary” that on the morning of that day there was Juana Belin, the great, illustrious in the world of the painter.