A Renaissance Man


Born in 1477 in Castlefranco, Italy. Giorgione spent most of his life in Venice, Italy. He was the pupil of Giovanni Bellini. Giorgione enjoyed nature and playing the lute for his friends, he had many intellectual interests, and got along well in the literal and philosophical circles. H created paintings. Two examples of paintings he created was Three Philosophers and The Adoration of the Shepards. Although historians have been trying to figure it out for years Giorgione's patrons remain unknown. Giorgione most closely represents scientific naturalism because of his fascination wiht nature and how he included nature in most of his pieces of art.


Three Philosophers

About the Art

Created 1508-1509. This piece is currently located in the Kunsthistorishes Museum Wien. This piece is so significant because of its clear representation of skepticism and scientific naturalism being hand in hand.


This piece is closely related to skepticism. This is because the three philosophers in the painting are searching for answers to the endless questions given by the world, he questions of life.

My Thoughts

I believe this piece is so interesting because of how it links the search of the answers to life to nature. The piece is clearing proving that to find the answers to questions you must search within nature, the original library of endless answers and questions. It also still includes the prominent red that has been seen throughout the Renaissance.

The Piece in my Own Words

Three philosophers are heading into the natural world to discover the answers of life. One of the men gazes off in the distance lost in deep thought.


"Giorgione." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.

"Giorgione." International Dictionary of Art and Artists. Gale, 1990. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Nov. 2013.

AR: Giorgione, 1477-1511
TI: Self-Portrait
DT: c.1504
DS: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
AA: ARTstor
CN: ARTSTOR_103_41822000567113

AR: Giorgione
TI: Three Philosophers
DT: 1508-1509
DS: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, inv. GG 111.
AA: ARTstor
CN: LESSING_ART_10310483990