Antonio Vivarini: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Antonio Vivarini (Antonio of Murano) (active c. 1440 – 1480) was an Italian painter of the into the future Renaissance-late Gothic period, who worked mostly in the Republic of Venice. He is probably the very old of a relatives of painters, which was descended from a relatives of glassworkers alert in Murano. The painting dynasty included his younger brother Bartolomeo and Antonio’s son Alvise Vivarini.

He initially trained afterward Andrea da Murano, and his works function the have an effect on of Gentile da Fabriano. The very old known date of a portray of his, an altar-piece in the Accademia is 1440; the latest, in the Vatican Museums, 1464, but he appears to have been conscious in 1470.

He collaborated subsequent to his brother in law, Giovanni d’Alemagna (also known as “Joannes de Alemania”), who sometimes has been regarded as a brother (Giovanni of Murano). No hint of this painter exists of a date far ahead than 1447. After 1447 Antonio painted either alone or in raptness with his younger brother Bartolommeo. The works of Antonio are skillfully drawn for their epoch, with a distinct noticeable degree of softness, and with good flesh and other tints. He was probably influenced by Mantegna, and worked subsequently him in the Ovetari Chapel in 1450–51. It is sometimes hard to assign authorship for works from the Vivarini studio.

Three of his principal paintings are the Enthroned Madonna Virgin once the Four Doctors of the Church, the Coronation of the Virgin and Saints Peter and Jerome. The first two (in which Giovanni co-operated) are in the Venetian academy, the third in the National Gallery, London.

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