A rich cultural patronage flourished in The Republic of Venice (La Serenissima) because of its geographic location, topography, and eco-social-political power. Painters were enchanted by the light and color effects reflected in the lagoon and captured them with brilliant vigor in their sacred and profane paintings, transforming the vitality of the visualization into thematic fantasies. This seminar focuses the art of Venice from 1450-1550. The selected painters to be discussed are Giovanni Bellini, Carlo Crivelli, Andrea Mantegna, Giorgione, Carpaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Tintoretto, and Veronese.
Suggested Readings: For profiles of the artists, see the links in Wikipedia.
Loren Partridge, Art of Renaissance Venice:1400-1600 (Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press, 2015)
Peter Humphrey, Painting in Renaissance Venice (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997)