Young Bellini Daniel Wallace Maze

Publication date:
26 Oct 2021
Yale University Press
208 pages: 241 x 171mm
117 color illus.
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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.

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, Professor Emerita, Architectural History, 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, Associate Professor of Early Modern Art, University of Pennsylvania

“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, Assistant Professor, Art History, Stanford University