Giovanni Bellini was born and grew up in a family that concerning incentives there weren’t comparison. From his father Jacopo to his brother Gentile, to his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna, you can’t say that inspirations lacked in Giovanni’s life, and he tried to assimilate the best from them. Giovanni Bellini’s artistic career was long and successful. He constantly updated his style, and absorbed the novelties, but without reneging his point of reference, which was also his starting point: the Venetian painting.
Giovanni’s brother, Gentile Bellini, was the most important portrait painter of the Venetian aristocracy at that time. But Giovanni was also Andrea Mantegna’s brother-in-law. Thanks to all the people Giovanni met during his life, made him develop a deep awareness that the depicted space should be widened and humanized in comparison to the past. Light entered his representations and made everything softer, and thanks to his stays in Romagna and in Marche, Giovanni brought great innovations in Venetian painting.
In comparison to his father Jacopo and his brother Gentile, Giovanni managed to surpass the Byzantine painting and understand the potentialities of the novelties of Renaissance, and especially of its protagonists.
Giovanni was already old when Leonardo Da Vinci and Albrecht Durer started taking their first steps, but he wanted to assimilate their inventions anyway, like only the great men can do: with curiosity and humility.
Who inspired Giovanni Bellini?
Andrea Mantegna, Antonello da Messina who stayed in Venice in 1475-1476, his pupils Titian and Giorgione,who were born almost 50 years after Bellini.
Most of Giovanni Bellini’s paintings are still kept in Venice and a tour across the city will give you the chance to know in depth his works.
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Caterina lives near Venice and she is a curious tourist, fond of art cities, a tireless visitor to exhibitions, and an insatiable explorer of museums. She has a degree in art history, but she’s more interested in stories which art talks about. The Art post Blog is her blog, born in 2013 to share her passion for art.