Item Number: 147861
Title: GIOVANNI BELLINI : The Art of Contemplation
Author: Grave, Johannes
Record created on 01/11/18
Description: Munich-New York: Prestel, 2018. 38cm., hardcover, 288pp., 242 color illus.
Summary: Following the arc of Belliniís career, from his early devotional paintings to his later, occasionally secular works, this book offers an in-depth appreciation of the Venetian master who dominated the Early Renaissance. Featuring nearly every extant Bellini work, as well as those of his contemporaries, this book brims with gorgeous Renaissance art. Author Johannes Grave focuses on some of the artistís greatest works including Allegoria Sacra, the Brera Pietŗ, and the altarpiece of San Giobbeóto explore how Bellini excelled in tempera before mastering oil painting. Grave discusses how Belliniís precise lines, his delicate facial expressions, and the subtle effects of light and shadow were used in his religious paintings as well as his portraiture and late mythological depictions. This book examines Belliniís life, including his complex relationships with his father Jacopo, his brother Gentile, and his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna. It considers the original contexts of Belliniís works, and elucidates the ways in which these paintings were meant to be perceived. The book also links Belliniís devotional paintings with the poetic creations of his pupil Giorgione. An important contribution to the scholarship of Renaissance art, this masterful book reaffirms Belliniís status as one of Veniceís greatest painters.
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