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Founder of the Venetian High Renaissance

Giorgione, Self portrat as David

No painter is as transfixing as Giorgione. The stillness produces the unrest. Giorgione's people...are mortals who have lost their souls to the fairies and are punished by living forever.Mary McCarthy, Venice Observed

Born in Castelfranco Veneto, Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli, c. 1478–1510), got his nickname ‘Great George’ not only for his height but for the enormous influence he had on Venetian painting in the High Renaissance. Although he barely lived past 30 and only several surviving paintings are for certain by his hand, his poetic evocation of atmosphere and mood, his expressive use of glowing, melting colour rather than line, and his haunting ambiguity were echoed by his followers, notably the slightly younger Titian and Sebastiano del Piombo.

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High Renaissance


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art