Book Series Taking Stock, vol. 3

Examining Giovanni Bellini: An Art 'More Human and More Divine'

Carolyn C. Wilson (ed)

  • Pages: 393 p.
  • Size:210 x 297 mm
  • Illustrations:150 b/w, 68 col.
  • Language(s):English, Italian
  • Publication Year:2016

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53570-8
  • Paperback
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«Quinze études (…) composent parfois dans l’analyse précise d’une œuvre, parfois au gré d’une vision plus large, un parcours dans la vie et dans l’œuvre du peintre vénitien.» (Jean Balsamo & Deborah Knop, dans le Bulletin de Liaison de la Société Française d’Etude du Seizième Siècle, 83, 2016, p. 28)

“The year 2016 was the 500th anniversary of Bellini’s death, and its commemoration in a volume of such absorbing and varied writing is very gratifying.” (Andrea Bayer, in Renaissance Quarterly, 70/3, 2017, p. 1060)


This book presents a collection of fifteen essays on the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini, one of the most innovative and influential artists of the Italian Renaissance. Long renowned for his embrace of oil technique, astute mastery of perspective, and development of landscape painting, Bellini has been admired across the ages as well for the profoundly human and deeply reverent character of his works. Aspects of Bellini’s world, his oeuvre, and his legacy are examined here through a diversity of approaches, many interdisciplinary and supported by the bibliographies of theoretical writings and of specialized fields rarely or not previously brought to bear on the pictures discussed. Topics represented include the study of medicine and healing plants, plant and animal symbolism, portraiture, liturgy, antique sources, material culture and market practices, textual analysis, and collecting and reception.




Carolyn C. Wilson, Introduction: Giovanni Bellini, an Art ‘More Human and More Divine’

Colin Eisler, Giovanni Bellini’s Iris and Autopsia’s Stylistic Role

Amy N. Worthen, An Inconvenient Text: The Supplementum Chronicarum as a Source for Information about Gentile and Giovanni Bellini

Paul Hills, Vesting the Body of Christ

Brigit Blass-Simmen, ‘Qualche lontani’: Distance and Transcendence in the Art of Giovanni Bellini

Rosella Lauber, ‘Finito et ricercato mirabilmente’. Per nuovi contributi sul San Francesco nel deserto di Giovanni Bellini, ora nella Frick Collection di New York

Mauro Di Vito, ‘Per lo quale ennallumini la nocte’. Il verbasco fiorito del San Francesco che riceve le stimmate di Giovanni Bellini alla Frick Collection ed altri appunti di storia naturale

Elizabeth Perkins, Giovanni Bellini, Antonello da Messina, and the ‘Signs of Men’s Character’

Eveline Baseggio Omiccioli, A New Interpretation of Jacometto’s ‘Most Perfect Work’: Parallels in Portraits by Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci

Karolina Zgraja, A Contribution to the Study of Giovanni Bellini’s Drawings and Underdrawings

Antonio Mazzotta. A Portrait of Gabriele Veneto and Some Reflections on Giovanni Bellini’s Portraiture around 1500

Catarina Schmidt Arcangeli, Giovanni Bellini’s Private Devotional Images: A Boom around 1500

Costanza Barbieri, ‘Apparò i primi principi da Giovan Bellino allora vecchio’. Questioni aperte sulla formazione di Sebastiano

Beverly Louise Brown, Poetry in Motion: Bellini, Titian, and the all’antica Relief

Patricia Meilman, Always a Challenge: Bellini, Titian, and Some Portraits of Women

Peter Humfrey, The Reception of Giovanni Bellini in Britain (c. 1500–1900)

Selected Bibliography


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