Venetian Artist from 1477-1510

When and where was Giorgione born?

Giorgione was an extremely influential Italian painter who was one of the initiators of a High Renaissance style in Venetian art. He was born in 1477/1478 in Castelfranco Vento which is a republic of Venice Italy. Giorgione died before November 7, 1510 in his home town of Venice.

Where did Giorgione spend most of his life?

Giorgione spent most of his life in Venice Italy

Education and Training

Giorgione went to Venice to study in about 1490 under Giovanni Bellini, the greatest Venetian master of the day. Giorgione's technique, color, and mood are clearly related to Bellini's work.

Lifestyle of Giorgione

There is not much known about Giorgione's personal life. His names means "tall George" or "big George" implying that he was a tall man. He was also said to be handsome. People think that his death was due to the plague that was going around Venice at the time. Giorgione was said to be humble, had an elevated mind, and have charm.

Giorgione's style of art

Giorgione was "a Venetian master of poetic mood created through idealized form, color, and light." He had very few religious paintings. Three works of art from him were "The Tempest", "The Sleeping Venus" and "The Adoration of the Shepherds"
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Giorgione's Patrons

There is very little information about who Giorgione's patrons were and his relationship with them. Scholars do know that some of his paintings wound up in home of many patricians but they could have been commissioned, bought, or traded.

Isms relating to Giorgione's paintings

The isms that are closely linked to Giorgione are Classicism, humanism, idealism, and naturalism. Classicism occurs because his paintings concentrate on elegance and symmetry and are also influenced by the classical past. Humanism occurs because it focuses a lot on the human body especially in his painting "The Sleeping Venus." Idealism occurs because most of his paintings stress perfection. Lastly naturalism occurs because some paintings show things as they naturally are. The paintings also contain prominent lights, textures, tones, and oil paints.

Part II: Renaissance Work

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The name of this painting is "Concert in the Titian." It was created in 1510/151. The painting is a collaboration with Titian. The painting remains in the Louvre in France. The significance of this painting is "traditionally attributed to Giorgione, The Pastoral Concert is now considered a work from Titian's youth. This mysterious painting is meant to be an allegory of Poetry, whose symbols - the flute and the pouring water - are shared between two nude women of ideal beauty. These unreal figures exist only in the imaginations of the two men they inspire, according to a taste widespread in Venice for simultaneous depictions of the visible and invisible." This piece to me leaves many question such as why are two of the men fully dressed in expensive looking clothes and beside them are two nude women? The painting looks like they are sitting on a hill in maybe the spring or summer and they are playing instruments. The women on the far left is also pouring water into a sink looking object. The ism which occurs in this painting is naturalism. The people in this painting are shown as they naturally are. They are not posing for this picture and they are all just minding their own business doing whatever. There are also prominent lights, textures, tones, subtlety, and oil paints. I find this piece so interesting because nobody knows the true meaning behind the painting. It leaves people asking many questions about it and leaves room for your imagination. You can see a picture of this piece at the Louvre in France or on the link below.

Works Cited

Creator : Giorgione
Title : Sleeping Venus
Date : circa 1510
Repository : Gemäldegalerie (Dresden, Germany)
ARTstor : LESSING_ART_1039490387

Creator : Attributed to Cavazzola; also attributed to Giorgione
Title : Portrait of a Man in Armor with his Page (the Gattemelata Portrait)
Date : 1510-15
Repository : Galleria degli Uffizi
ARTstor : SCALA_ARCHIVES_1039489092

Creator : Titian (and/or Giorgione)
Title : Concert in the Open Air (Pastoral Symphony)
Date : 1510-1511
Repository : Musée du Louvre
ARTstor : LESSING_ART_1039490410

Creator : Giorgione
Title : Three Philosophers
Date : 1508-1509
Repository : Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, inv. GG 111.
ARTstor : LESSING_ART_10310483990