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Cima da Conegliano

Heir of Giovanni Bellini

Baptism of Christ in S. Giovanni Bragora

Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano (1459–1518) painted luminous autumnal colours and landscapes inspired by Giovanni Bellini—as Bellini himself was inspired by several of Cima's compositions. Some consider him the stylistic link between Bellini and Titian, notably in his interest in the landscapes (usually the mountains of his native Conegliano) as well as the atmosphere behind the figures in his compositions.

Many of his paintings in Venice are in situ, in the Madonna dell’Orto, the Nativity in the Carmini and his altarpiece of the Baptism of Christ in San Giovanni in Brágora. Also see the Accademia (Madonna of the Orange Tree).

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Didier Descouens, Creative Commons License