Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting by David Alan Brown
(National Gallery of Art, Washington)

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The first three decades of the sixteenth century represent, visually and intellectually, the most exciting phase of the Renaissance in Venice—when Giorgione and the young Titian, together with Sebastiano del Piombo, Palma Vecchio, and others, were working alongside the older master Giovanni Bellini. This beautiful book presents an innovative survey of sixty Venetian Renaissance paintings of the caliber of Bellini and Titian’s Feast of the Gods in Washington and Giorgione’s Laura and Three Philosophers in Vienna.Unlike previous surveys of the period, this book refrains from dividing up the artists represented and instead explores the interrelationships between them. Through a series of thematic sections, the authors trace the rise of secular subjects—pastoral landscapes, female nudes, and romantic portraits—and the transformation of religious ones as well as innovations in style and technique. Cutting across genres, the book also focuses on the overarching themes of music, love, and time.Featuring essays by leading scholars, detailed entries on some of the most renowned pictures of sixteenth-century Italy, and revealing technical information, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting is an essential volume to own.

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Authors include David Alan Brown, curator of Italian painting at the National Gallery of Art; Sylvia Ferino-Pagden, curator of Italian Renaissance painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum; Jaynie Anderson, head of the School of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne; Deborah Howard, head of the Department of the History of Art, University of Cambridge; Peter Humfrey, professor at the School of Art History, University of St. Andrews; and Mauro Lucco, professor at the Università degli Studi di Bologna.
Published January 1, 2006 by National Gallery of Art. 336 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction