Giovanni Bellini, ‘The Feast of the Gods’, 1514/1529, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
overall: 170.2 x 188 cm (67 x 74 in.)  framed: 203.8 x 218.4 x 7.6 cm (80 1/4 x 86 x 3 in.)

About Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini was a painter of the Venetian School, and a sensitive and adept colorist. He was also lauded for his ability to create realist renderings and his choice of subject, which ranged from landscape to mythological narrative. Bellini had made his early paintings with tempera, but upon seeing Antonello da Messina’s oil paintings, he quickly adopted the new medium. From then, he was able to add depth and complexity to the hues in his works, and was remembered at his death for being a master of capturing natural light. Bellini and his brother Gentile likely began their training in the atelier of their father Jacopo Bellini, who was a Gothic revivalist. Bellini’s own apprentices included Giorgione and Titian, the latter of whom posthumously reworked his Feast of the Gods (1514).

Italian, 1430-1516, Venice, Italy, based in Venice, Italy

About Titian

Known for his expressive brushwork, brilliant color, and hazy, atmospheric effects, Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecelli, called Titian, along with Giorgione, was the founder of arte moderna, a nuanced style characterized by dynamic asymmetry and non-hierarchical compositions that broke from the work of his master, Giovanni Bellini. After Giorgione and Bellini died, Titian introduced many innovations and was the considered the master of Venetian painting. Titian's 1548 painting Equestrian Portrait of Charles V established equestrian portraiture as a new genre that referenced both the Roman tradition of equestrian sculpture and the medieval representations of Christian knights. One of Titian’s most famous paintings is The Rape of Europa (1562), which introduced a powerful diagonal structure—almost baroque in its blurred lines, swirling color, and vibrant brushwork. After a very successful career with many prestigious commissions, Titian died of the plague that swept Venice in 1576.

Italian, 1488-1576, Pieve di Cadore, Italy, based in Venice, Italy