Giovanni Bellini: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Giovanni Bellini (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni belˈliːni]; c. 1430 – 26 November 1516) was an Italian Renaissance painter, probably the best known of the Bellini relatives of Venetian painters. His daddy was Jacopo Bellini, his brother was Gentile Bellini (who was more deeply regarded than Giovanni during his lifetime, although the reverse is authenticated today), and his brother-in-law was Andrea Mantegna. 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 good effect upon the Venetian painting school, especially upon his pupils Giorgione and Titian.

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