10 facts about Jacopo Bellini

By Gwylym Owen

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Jacopo Bellini (c. 1400 – c. 1470) was one of the founders of the Renaissance style of painting in Venice and northern Italy. His sons Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, and his son-in-law Andrea Mantegna, were also well-known painters.

Few of Bellini’s paintings nevertheless exist, but his permanent sketch-books (one in the British Museum and one in the Louvre) show an concentration in landscape and increase architectural design and are his most important legacy. His steadfast works measure how he accommodated linear incline to the decorative patterns and rich colors of Venetian painting.

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