Giovanni Bellini

Venice 1430 - 1516
Price range
1,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Giovanni Bellini was the greatest Venetian painter of the early Renaissance. He transformed Venetian painting through his treatment of light, creating a new and serene luminosity made possible by the adoption of oil painting.

Giovanni was born into a family of artists, and transformed Venetian painting through the development of light, creating a new and serene luminosity made possible by the adoption of oil painting, introduced into Italy by Antonello da Messina (ca. 1430–1479). Now paint could be built up in layers, called glazes, to produce more vivid effects of transparency and atmosphere. Bellini’s immediate successor was Giorgione (1477–1510) who adapted his mellow atmospheric effects to a more relaxed and humanistic high renaissance style.

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Selected Artworks

Top 3 auction prices

1,040,848 $
1,372,239 $
5,320,526 $
Books on Giovanni Bellini

Caroline Campbell, ed., Mantegna & Bellini, exh. cat., London, 2018.

Johannes Grave, trans. Cynthia Hall, Giovanni Bellini: The Art of Contemplation, Munich, 2018.

Davide Gasparotto, ed., Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice, Los Angeles, 2017.

Mauro Lucco, Giovanni Bellini, exh. cat., Milan, 2008.

Anchise Tempestini, Giovanni Bellini, Milan, 1997.

Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artist, 1550, trans. Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella, New York, 2009.

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