Gentile Bellini

Gentile Bellini (* approx. 1429; † 23. February 1507) was a venezianischer painter.

Haven-guesses/advises the Sultans Mehmed II. Fatih, 1480

Gentile Bellini, the oldest son of Jacopo, stepped as a painter of a Madonna into feature, those for the first time independently in the styleits father is painted and on 1460 is dated. In the year before it it and its brother during the execution of an altar in Padua had assisted to the father. In July 1466 the Scuola (brother shank) of San Marco assigned it as an independent artist, the doors of their organto verzieren. These paintings still exist in blackened condition. They represent four holy ones in survival size, sketched with the strict simplicity, which distinguishes the paduanische school of Francesco Squarcione or Andrea Mantegna. In the December of the same yearly Bellini was engaged, for the large hall to thatresembles society two topics of the exodus to implement, which are to have succeeded to it at least as well as the work of its father in the same place. These paintings are lost.

The life and work Bellinis in the next eight years of its life are unclear. It seems continuouslyin the appreciation its fellow citizen to have risen to renew because 1474 he was assigned by the senate to restore a set of painting of an earlier generation from artists to and to replace where necessarily, there it of the humidity at the walls of the hall of the large one Advice in the Dogenpalast damaged were.

Gentile Bellini: Das Kreuzeswunder auf der Brücke von San Lorenzo (1500)
Gentile Bellini: The cross miracle on the bridge of San Lorenzo (1500)

to continuation of its work transferred Bellini in the same area a set of independent pictures with motives from venezianischen history, completed however apparent only one, that the deliveryby the Pope represents to the geweihten candle at the Dogen. Its work was interrupted by an appointment into the Osmani realm. The Sultan Mehmed II. a well-meaning legation had sent the Dogen after Venice, those to an attendance after Konstantinopel invited and at the same time the disconnectiona outstanding painter requested, who was to work on the yard. The senate rejected the first part of the suggestion, second followed he however. Gentile Bellini was selected with two assistants for the task, during its brother Giovanni for it the work on the hall of theLarge advice to continue should. Bellini worked for the fullest satisfaction of the Sultans and returned approximately one year later with elegant clothes, a gold chain and a pension. The delivered fruits of its activity in Konstantinopel consist of a large painting (to see in the Louvre (?)) that thatReceipt of an Ambassador in the city represented; a Portrait of the Sultans damaged in the meantime; a exquisites water color - haven-guesses/advises a writer; furthermore two designs of Turkish models (now in the British museum (?)). Some early copies of similar designs are delivered. Perhaps such copies becamefor Bellinis umbrischen contemporary Pinturicchio provides, which lent itself to figures of them for its decorative Freskos in the Appartamento Borgia in Rome.

Gentile Bellini: Portrait of the Dogen Giovanni Mocenigo (1480)

in the Dogenpalast was a place was released, on which Gentile beside its brother could continue working. Soonafter 1480 it began its portion of a large set of Fresken, which illustrated the role of Venice in the argument between the papacy and emperors Barbarossa. Since the climate of Venice had so often proven as harmful for the Wandmalereien, these works becamenot directly on the wall, but on canvas, probably in oil, implemented. These works were high-praised by contemporary and later venezianischen critics, were completely destroyed however with a fire 1577. The new paintings in the Dogenpalast come from Tintoretto.

Their character can in certainMass by a number of related historical works Bellinis to be judged, among them three, which were provided between 1490 and 1500 for the Scuola by San Giovanni Evangelista (now in the Galleria dell'Accademia). On them events are represented to do those have with a famous Reliquie, thosethe Scuola possessed, i.e. an alleged fragment of the holy cross. All were again-painted strongly damaged and, them give however still an impression of the achievement and the style of the painter. Distinguish these above all the gift to group and set up crowds andthe single figures with large accuracy to haven RA animals.

The last large work of the artist is La predica the S. Marco ad Alessandria, which was given of the Scuola of San Marco in March 1505 in order. In its will it let order that itby its brother Giovanni to be terminated is.


  • Miracolo della croce caduta nel canale di San Lorenzo (1500) (cross miracle with San Lorenzo) - Galleria dell'Academia, Venice
  • La trasfigurazione di Cristo (1453 - 1455) (sea protest Christi) - Museo Correr, Venice
  • Ritratto del dogeGiovanni Mocenigo (1478-79 or 1480-85) (Portrait of the Dogen Giovanni Mocenigo) - Museo Correr, Venice
  • Cristo morto sorretto there due angeli (1453 - 1455) (the dead Christ, surrounded by two angels) - Museo Correr, Venice
  • Madonna col Bambino (Madonna Frizzoni; Madonna with child) - Museo Correr,Venice
  • La predica the S. Marco ad Alessandria - Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
  • Mehmed II. - National Gallery, London
  • Portrait OF Catharina Cornaro, Queen OF Cyprus, Budapest

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