Item Number: 83780
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI
Author: Lucco, Mauro ; Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa (eds)
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Description: Milano: Silvana, 2008. 28cm., pbk., 384pp. with numerous color plates. Exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, Roma. Text in Italian. From the museum's website: Perhaps more than any other, Giovanni Bellini was an artist who passed through different periods and cultural revolutions. He, before Leonardo, was the great inventor of the representation of sentiment and nature, painting works of extraordinary poetry, landscapes that brought together everything that had been seen until then in Italy and Europe, with the human figure totally immersed in the surrounding space. These moving, deeply felt scenes are also intimately Venetian - in the softness of the light, in the sober realism of the men and women, in the taste for details of vegetation described in a single botanic identity. Masterpieces, obtained by transforming every technical element: Giambellino took his first steps in tempera and went on to develop such a sophisticated use of oil that he could knead the forms of the onlookers, although volumetrically solid, with architectural structures and backdrops in the first Italian example of a "modern" use of the technique imported from Flanders. Towards the end of his career he began working the painted surface with his fingers, creating that unusual chromatic softness which would pave the way for Giorgione and Tiziano. A big retrospective on Giovanni Bellini has never been attempted, just as for Antonello da Messina, because it is considered such a difficult undertaking. His only solo exhibition was curated by Rodolfo Pallucchini in 1949. It was held in Venice and gathered together about fifty works, mostly from collections in Veneto or Italy, giving an image of the painter that needs to be completely reviewed to take into account the findings of more recent studies. Eighty paintings will be exhibited at the Scuderie del Quirinale -about three-quarters of Giovanni Bellini's recognised works. The exhibition will include not only religious works but also his great allegories and mythologies. Giovanni Bellini's big alter pieces will also be included, first among them the Baptism of Christ carried out for the church of Santa Corona in Venice and the incredible Pala Pesaro. To accompany the exhibition, curated by Mauro Lucco and Giovanni C.F.Villa, there will be an in-depth scientific analysis project that will reveal Giovanni Bellini's beautiful underlying sketches - most of the works (about sixty) have already been analysed, along with an initial recognition of the works in the lending museums.
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