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The Venetian School

1450-1620

(examples of  Venation school style of painting through the ages)

The Venetian School of Art can be divided into three parts: the first begins with Jacopo Bellini, and this part might be referred to as the budding period. The second is the flowering period, and the palm is carried by Gian Bellini. The period of ripe fruit--overripe fruit, touched by the tint of death--is represented by four men: Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Paul Veronese. The Venetian painters were famous for their dazzling use of color and this what set them apart from the other great art cities of Italy. John Ruskin, famous art historian asserted "the Venetians are separate from other schools by rightness, and they are so to their last days. Venetian painting is in this matter always right. But also, in their early days, the colorists are separated from other schools by their contentment with tranquil cheerfulness of light: by their never wanting to be dazzled. None of their lights are flashing or blinding; they are soft, winning, precious; lights of pearl, not of lime: only, you know, on this condition they cannot have sunshine: their day is the day of Paradise; they need no candle, neither light of the sun, in their cities; and everything is seen clear, as through crystal, far or near."

The Venetian architecture and art was noticeably influenced by Byzantine style painting. Although Venetian painting lacked the religious devotional sentiment of the Byzantine school. The Venetian style is a blend of Gothic and Byzantine with a dash of the Sienese School. According to Renaissance scholar John C. Van Dyke "It was at Venice and with the Venetian painters of the sixteenth century that a new art-motive was finally and fully adopted. This art-motive was not religion. For though the religious subject was still largely used, the religious or pietistic belief was not with the Venetians any more than with Correggio. It was not a classic, antique, realistic, or naturalistic motive. The Venetians were interested in all phases of nature, and they were students of nature, but not students of truth for truth's sake."


 

 

 





 

A List of the Greatest painters of the Venetian School

Titian 1485-1576

El Greco 1541-1614

Paolo Veronese - 1528 - 1588

Canaletto 1697-1768

Giorgione 1477 - 1510

Giovanni Bellini 1430-1516

Jacob Tintoretto 1519 - 1594

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