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Giovanni Bellini

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Giovanni Bellini by Oskar Batschmann
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Hailed as the saviour' of Venetian painting by Jacob Burckhardt and declared by Albrecht Durer to be the foremost painter of the city, Giovanni Bellini is a pivotal figure in the development of Italian Renaissance art. With "Giovanni Bellini", renowned art historian Oskar Batschmann charts the fraught trajectory of Bellini's career, highlighting the crucial works that established his far-reaching influence in the Renaissance. The artist struggled to break out of the long shadow cast by his accomplished father Jacopo and father-in-law Andrea Mantegna, and Batschmann chronicles Bellini's development of distinct aesthetic and painting techniques that enabled him to set himself apart. Bellini also insisted on choosing his own subjects and themes, independent of the preferences of his patron Isabella d'Este, and thus set new standards for the role of the artist. Anchoring the analysis are a wealth of vibrant colour reproductions that include such famous works as "The Feast of the Gods" and "Madonna and Child", as well as photographs of Bellini's lauded altar-pieces at the churches of San Giobbe, Murano and San Zaccania. Drawing on these masterpieces, Batschmann argues that Bellini's artistry and skillful blending of colours created a new aesthetic more akin to music than to previous approaches to painting. And by leading viewers to understand this subtle, refined sensibility, Bellini transformed them into knowledgeable admirers of art. A beautifully illustrated and expansive study, "Giovanni Bellini" is essential for all historians and admirers of Renaissance art.

Author Biography

Oskar Batschmann is Professor of History of Art, University of Bern, and Co-Director of the Institute for the History of Art. He is the author, with Pascal Griener, of Hans Holbein (Reaktion Books, 1999).
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Reaktion Books
Pages
324
Dimensions
210x280x23
ISBN-13
9781861893574
Product ID
2072000

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