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Examples of Venetian School  Paintings  (click to enlarge)

Important Italian Painters of the Venetian School Listed Alphabetically

Lazzaro Bastiani (1430-1512) Italian, VenetianRenaissance

Giovanni Bellini (1430 - 1516) Italian, Venetian, Renaissance

Giulio Campi (1500-1572)  Italian, Venetian, Renaissance

Giorgione (1477-1510) Italian, Venetian, High Renaissance

Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556) Italian, Venetian, High Renaissance

Tintoretto (1518 - 1594) Italian, Venetian, High Renaissance

Titian (1477 - 1576) Italian, Venetian, High Renaissance

Paolo Veneziano (1333-1360) Italian, Venetian, Early Renaissance  

The Venetian School

Venetian painting is the most easily recognizable of all the Italian schools. The newly emerging oil painting technique from Flanders was embraced early and enthusiastically by prominent Venetian painters. Venice is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. 500 years ago it was an island of tranquility in an unstable world. This peaceful region of Italy had its own powerful government. Artists lives peaceful lives free from the stress of war and famine. According to Titian "Painting done under pressure by artists without the necessary talent can only give rise to formlessness, as painting is a profession that requires peace of mind."
 
 The people of Venice moved from the medieval period to a more enlightened, tolerant society.  The Venetian painting school was  formed by extraordinary personalities. Men such as Giorgione, Giovanni Bellini and Titian  tackled mathematical, artistic and philosophical problems of the highest interest, and presented solutions that have never lost their value. Evelyn March Phillipps, author of The Venetian School of Painting, asserted "The difference which separates Venetian from the rest of Italian painting is a fundamental one. Venice attains to an equally distinguished place, but the way in which she does it and the character of her contribution are both so absolutely distinct that her art seems to be the outcome of another race, with alien temperament and standards. Venice had, indeed, a history and a life of her own. Her entire isolation, from her foundation, gave her an independent government and customs peculiar to herself, but at the same time her people, even in their earliest and most  precarious struggles, were no barbarians who had slowly to acquire the arts of civilized life."

Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with the Renaissance Movement rebirth, rediscovery of the classical world,  publication of Della Pittura, a book about the laws of mathematical perspective for artists,  sfumato, chiaroscuro, Savonarola, spiritually significant,  illuminated manuscript,  idealized biblical themes, scriptorium, illuminator,  Age of Discovery, axonometric drawing, curiosity about the natural world,  realistic use of colours and  light,  Bonfire of the Vanities, Old Testament stories, ethereal and foggy backgrounds, Gospel parables, The Blackdeath, romanticized landscapes,  Christian symbolism.

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