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all about San Giobbe Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini?

all about San Giobbe Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini

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    Painted c. 1487. Oil on panel, 471 x 258 cm. Can be seen at the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice.

    This painting (Madonna with the Child, Saints and Angels) was executed for the church of San Giobbe in Venice, originally over the second altar on the right of the church, completing, in an illusory way, with its own spatiality, the Lombardian architectural plan. When it appeared, it immediately became one of Bellini's most celebrated works. The date is uncertain, however, it is assumed that this was the first altarpiece by Bellini painted with the new oil technique introduced by Antonello da Messina in Venice in 1475-76.

    The altarpiece is one of the cornerstones of the artist's mature years. A coffered vault is a perspective introduction to the composition, which is supported at the sides by pillars similar to the real sculpted ones of the altar. The pillars flank a deep niche, which with its shady penumbra amplifies the space behind the holy group. Bellini conceived the painting as a coherent prolungation of the real space.

    In it, the figures are arranged with monumentality and human warmth; the modelling is softened by the redefined blending of colours, which reflects dim crepuscular lights from the apsidial basin, depicted like a gold mosaic according to a visual and chromatic tradition associated with the basilical mosaics of San Marco.

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  • 1 decade ago

    c.1487

    Oil on panel

    185 3/8 x 101 1/2 inches (471 x 258 cm)

    Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy

    This painting (Madonna with the Child, Saints and Angels) was executed for the church of San Giobbe in Venice, originally over the second altar on the right of the church, completing, in an illusory way, with its own spatiality, the Lombardian architectural plan. When it appeared, it immediately became one of Bellini's most celebrated works. The datation is uncertain, however, it is assumed that this was the first altarpiece by Bellini painted with the new oil technique introduced by Antonello da Messina in Venice in 1475-76.

    The altarpiece is one of the cornerstones of the artist's mature years. A coffered vault is a perspective introduction to the composition, which is supported at the sides by pillars similar to the real sculpted ones of the altar. The pillars flank a deep niche, which with its shady penumbra amplifies the space behind the holy group. Bellini conceived the painting as a coherent prolungation of the real space.

    In it, the figures are arranged with monumentality and human warmth; the modelling is softened by the redefined blending of colours, which reflects dim crepuscular lights from the apsidial basin, depicted like a gold mosaic according to a visual and chromatic tradition associated with the basilical mosaics of San Marco.

    The “San Giobbe Altarpiece” is a masterpiece of this type (the Sagra-Converzazione). It is full of distinctive Venetian touches – the gold mosaic, the marble inlay, the silken clothes, and the glass lantern. The Venetians loves music, and the angels with their instruments are painted with a delicate freshness and innocence that brings to life the usually stereotyped figures. The Saints and the Virgin, too, are more human that those portrayed by previous Venetian artists, and are given volume and weight by the rich, golden light, which is at once sacred and intimately human.

    Some useful sites.

    http://www.loc.gov/catdir/samples/cam041/200204153...

    http://www.artist-biography.info/gallery/bellini/1...

    http://www.oldandsold.com/articles28/venice-painti...

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