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Early Renaissance

Giovanni Bellini, Annunciation angel, Frari

Continued from Lingering Gothic: 14th and 15th Centuries.

Although the Venetians were slow to give up Gothic and join the Renaissance, the art and architecture produced in the transition period of the early 15th century was often crystalline in its freshness.

Greek artists continued to arrive, taking refuge from the Turks (El Greco was to be one of these), but it was other Italians who intrigued the Venetians now – the great Florentine sculptors Donatello and Verrocchio, whose bronze equestrian statues left lessons in human form and expression, and painters such as Andrea del Castagno and Paolo Uccello, who helped design mosaics in St Mark’s.

The advent of Renaissance painting in Venice can be fairly concentrated on the careers of two men, father and son: Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini. Jacopo Bellini was a Gothic student of Gentile da Fabriano, but also collaborated with Andrea del Castagno in St Mark’s Cappella della Madonna dei Máscoli; he painted two major cycles for the scuole of San Marco and San Giovanni Evangelista (both destroyed).

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Renaissance Art and Architecture


Serenissima in Spite of Everything

Antonello da Messina

Early master of oils

Gentile Bellini

The master of ceremonies

Giovanni Bellini

Master of luminosity

Jacopo Bellini

Giovanni and Gentile's pa

Vittore Carpaccio

A Renaissance charmer

Cima da Conegliano

Heir of Giovanni Bellini

Mauro Codussi

Renaissance synthesizer

Antonio Lombardo

Son of Pietro, brother of Tullio

Pietro Lombardo

Lombardo clan pater

Tullio Lombardo

Renaissance marble master

Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Renaissance jewel

Andrea del Verrocchio

Only has one work in Venice, but it's a doozy

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by carulmare, Creative Commons Licence