A revisionist history of the early life and career of Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini
Widely recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Bellini is revered for his mastery of color, atmosphere and light. However, his early life and career remain something of a mystery. Daniel Wallace Maze expands on groundbreaking research that argues Jacopo Bellini was not Giovanni Bellini’s father, but rather his half-brother, and that Giovanni was born between 1424–26, up to fifteen years earlier than current scholars’ estimates. In light of this, Young Bellini explores the artist’s early life, including his birth, his unusual upbringing in Venice, and his first-known works of art. Presenting a clear narrative of his early career, and offering a number of newly attributed paintings, Maze provides answers to longstanding questions about Bellini, and poses new questions that will frame future research on the artist's contribution to the Renaissance.
Introduction Chapter 1: A Tinsmith, a Felon and an Orphan Chapter 2: A Bellini Family Workshop Chapter 3: Letters, Numbers, and Art Chapter 4: The First Painting Chapter 5: Flashes of Brilliance Chapter 6: A Lesson for Jacopo’s Assistant Chapter 7: A Small Masterpiece Chapter 8: Conclusions and Attributions Epilogue Chronology Family Tree and Notes Appendix A Appendix B Acknowledgements Bibliography
Daniel Wallace Maze is assistant professor and Fountiene Lee Duda Faculty Fellow of Renaissance Art at the University of Iowa.
“Written in a lively, accessible style, this important book, with its gripping narrative, will revolutionise Bellini studies.”—Deborah Howard, University of Cambridge
“Full of dazzling archival discoveries and sensitive observations of paintings, Young Bellini will surely be essential reading for scholars of Venetian art.”—David Young Kim, University of Pennsylvania
~David Young Kim
“Daniel Maze offers a persuasive new reconstruction of Giovanni Bellini’s early career, one that any specialist, curator, and fan of Venetian art won’t be able to ignore.”—Emanuele Lugli, Stanford University
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