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Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting

examines a phase of the Renaissance in Venice when three great masters were working side by side (1500 to 1530). The innovations of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and their contemporaries influenced European art for centuries. Learn about the historical climate, sacred images and stories, allegories and mythologies, and more. (National Gallery of Art)

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Giorgione and his circle evolved a revolutionary type of dramatic male portrait, in which patrician young men are shown acting the part of a lover, poet, musician, or gallant soldier. Previously, Venetian portraits had emphasized the sitter's social and economic station in life. The Giorgionesque portrait reveals instead the sitter's private self, often touched with melancholy and a sense of yearning.
Giovanni Bellini and Titian (Venetian, 1430/1435–1516; Venetian, 1490–1576).  'Feast of the Gods,' 1514 and 1529.  oil on canvas.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection

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