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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Finding quotes from Renaissance artists that can be confidently attributed is a notoriously challenging battle, none more so than with classicist painter Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni came from a well established family who boasted several respected artists and the expectation from this is that there would be at least some documentation of their lives and artistic achievements.

Bellini would see Giorgione and Titian progress through his highly respected school of art and go on to become his equal, perhaps even his superior. His own impact was to draw influences from Northern Europe into the Italian Renaissance and help to progress his native country's art onwards.

The Renaissance period has been researched in detail on many occasions, including art historians from native Italy and other from across Europe. Quotes remain very much in short supply, even for the great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. For the lesser, but still highly significant artists such as Bellini there remains a lack of translation from any local Italian findings, plus also a general lack of documentation from an art movement that occurred so many centuries ago.

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Giovanni Bellini is very old and yet he is the best painter of all

Albrecht Durer

He was considered to have revolutionized Venetian painting, moving it towards a more sensuous and colouristic style. Through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep, rich tints and detailed shadings.

His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on the Venetian painting school, especially on his pupils Giorgione and Titian.


Separated from our everyday world by a parapet, the figures nonetheless engage the viewer with their gazes. A cloth of honor has been pulled aside to reveal a distant landscape, where we witness the transition from dormant to verdant nature—a metaphor, like the dawn sky, for death and rebirth. The asymmetrical composition looks ahead to the work of Titian. When Albrecht Dürer visited Venice, he declared Bellini the best painter. The fine Venetian frame is of the period.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Bellini was one of the most influential Venetian artists. He lived and worked in Venice all his life; his career spanned 65 years. He is celebrated for his pioneering portrayal of natural light, seen in such works as 'The Agony in the Garden', for his tender and graceful pictures of the Virgin and for his altarpieces.

National Gallery, London, UK