Chief of the Redeemer

size(cm): 50x35
Sale price£133 GBP


Giovanni Bellini's Head of the Redeemer painting is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece dating from the 15th century. The painting represents the head of Christ in a frontal position and slightly inclined, with a serene and compassionate expression.

Bellini's artistic style is characterized by his ability to create a sense of depth and realism in his paintings. In Head of the Redeemer, the artist uses an oil painting technique with thin, translucent layers that gives the image a soft, detailed texture.

The composition of the paint is simple but effective. The head of Christ is framed by a dark background that highlights his figure and gives him a mystical air. The light that illuminates her face seems to emanate from within the painting, creating a sense of divinity and transcendence.

Color is another interesting aspect of the work. Bellini uses a palette of warm, soft colors that give the painting a sense of calm and serenity. The golden and yellow tones of Christ's skin blend with the green and red tones of the background, creating a unique visual harmony.

The history of the painting is also fascinating. Head of the Redeemer was commissioned by the Pesaro family to be placed in the family chapel in the church of San Francesco del Deserto in Venice. The work was stolen during the Napoleonic occupation of Venice in 1797 and taken to France, where it was acquired by the Louvre Museum in Paris. In 1815, the painting was returned to Venice and eventually placed in the church of San Giovanni in Bragora, where it remains to this day.

In short, Head of the Redeemer is a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance that stands out for its artistic style, composition, color and its fascinating history. It is a work that continues to captivate viewers and that shows the talent and skill of one of the great artists of the time.

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