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Gentile Bellini Famous Paintings
Gentile Bellini Paintings & Drawings - Art
Gentile was an Italian painter of the official portraitist to the DOGES
of Venice. His father Jacopo, an oil paint expert, was considered the
greatest painter and portrtait maker of Venice when he was alive. His
painting “ Blessed Lorenzo Giustinian”(1445) is the oldest
surviving art work of Gentile in Venice in the Academia Museum. “Doge
Giovanni Mocenigo” is an example of his portrait of the DOGE. Gentile
painted on very large public buildings , eg “ Scoula Grande”.
Along with others Gentile painted ten pictures in narrative style. “Miracles
of the Relic of the Cross” and “Procession of the True Cross
in Piazza San Marco” now in the Academia in Venice are his best
known works. In the “Procession ………Marco”
picture the highlight is the St Mark’s Basilica with its Byzantine
domes and its shiny mosaics. In this painting a man from Brescia is kneeling
before the relic.
It is said this man’s dying son at home recovered miraculously.
“The Recovery of the Relic of the True Cross at the Bridge of St
Lorenzo” is another famous painting of Gentile. This picture highlights
the Venetian life styles of those times showing human individuality, aspects
of daily life and of course the miracle. This most prestigious Venetian
artist was made court painter at Istanbul by Sultan Mehmed II.
The sultan’s portrait made by Gentile oil on canvas is now in the
National gallery in London. “Queen Caterina of Cyprus”, now
in the Szepmuveszeti Museum in Budapest is only the second portrait of
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