This Companion brings together commissioned essays focusing on important topics and themes of the career of Giovanni Bellini, the dominant painter of Early Renaissance Venice. The contributions consider Bellini's position in the social and professional life of early modern Venice, and reassess his artistic relationships with his brother-in-law Mantegna, Flemish painting, and the "modern style" that emerged in Italy around 1500. They also explore his original approaches to sculpture and architecture, and landscape and color.
About the Author
Peter Humfrey is Professor and Head of the school of Art History at the University of St Andrews. A scholar of Renaissance painting in Venice and its environs, he is the author of several works, including Painting in Renaissance Venice and Lorenzo Lotto; and co-author of the catalogues for two major loan exhibitions, Lorenzo Lotto: Rediscovered Master of the Renaissance and Dosso Dossi: Court Painter of Renaissance Ferrara. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Table of Contents1. Introduction Peter Humfrey; 2. Bellini's social world J. M. Fletcher; 3. Bellini and Mantegna Keith Christiansen; 4. Bellini and Flemish painting Mauro Lucco; 5. Bellini and the 'modern manner' Carolyn C. Wilson; 6. Bellini and sculpture Debra Pincus; 7. Bellini and architecture Deborah Howard; 8. Bellini and landscape Augusto Gentili; 9. Bellini's colour; 10. Bellini's technique Jill Dunkerton; 11. Bellini's drawings George Goldner; 12. Bellini and his collaborators Anchise Tempestini.