Renaissance Artists

Presented by the St. Peter Museum of Fine Arts


There were many artists during the 16th and 17th centuries that influenced art greatly. Many of those artists lived during the Renaissance period. It originated in Italy and spread to many different regions of Europe. During this period, artists were awakened to the ideas and achievements of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. They used those ideas and made their own advancements. Some of those Renaissance artists are Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516)

He is considered the father of Venetian Renaissance. His exceptional paintings helped usher in a period of overwhelming creativity in Venice. He was most well known for his religious paintings of Madonna and the Christ. It is still in question whether he was real because he wasn't mentioned in his mother's will like his two other brothers were. Whether or not he is real he had a great impact on all Venetian artists to follow with his use of color. Below is a video that contains the description of one of Bellini's greatest works, St. Francis in Ecstasy.
The Frick Collection's Colin Bailey on Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert

Giorgione (1477-1510)

He was a very influential Venetian painter during the Renaissance period. Little is known for sure about his life, but it is said that he gained an apprenticeship with Giovanni Bellini. The famous artist Titian worked on many of his paintings with Giorgione, which causes many arguments about who actually painted some of their pictures. Giorgione's impact on art was introducing the idea of having a lush and detailed landscape background in paintings. Below are some of his well known paintings.

Titian (1485-1576)

His real name was Tiziano Vecelli, but was nicknamed Titian. He was another famous Italian painter that worked with and learned from Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione. The color and emotion he used in his artwork was magnificent. He was a very exceptional portrait painter. In fact he was so good he painted the portraits of Pope Paul III, King Philip II of Spain, and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. His paintings have been very influential to artists that have come after him because of the great quality and detail of all his artwork. Below is a video that talks about Titian and his techniques for painting.
Titian and technique | Paintings | The National Gallery, London

Tintoretto (1518-1594)

His real name was Jacopo Comin. His nickname, TIntoretto, came from his father's occupation as a "dyer" or an Italian tintore. He was greatly influenced by Michelangelo and Titian. The drawing of Michelangelo and the color of Titian to create is what he used to create his masterpieces. The greatest impact he had on art was his complex poses and dramatic gestures, as well as exaggerated lighting that were added to create drama in his artwork. Below are some of Tintoretto's religious paintings.

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