Barbarigo Altarpiece

size(cm): 25x40
Sale price£103 GBP


Giovanni Bellini's Barbarigo Altarpiece painting is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This artwork is a perfect example of the artistic style of the time, characterized by precision in the representation of the human figure and nature, as well as the use of perspective and light to create depth and realism.

The composition of the painting is impressive, with a classic structure of three panels that represent different scenes from the life of Christ. The central panel shows the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus on her lap, surrounded by angels and saints. The side panels represent Saint Francis and Saint Jerome, two of the most revered saints of the time.

Color is another prominent aspect of this artwork. Bellini used a rich and vibrant color palette to create a sense of depth and lightness in the painting. Gold and red tones predominate in the work, giving it a majestic and heavenly air.

The history of painting is fascinating. It was commissioned by the Barbarigo family, one of the most powerful in Venice in the 15th century, for their private chapel in the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. The painting was completed in 1488 and became one of the most important works in the family's collection.

A little-known aspect of the painting is that it was restored several times over the centuries. In the 1950s, the painting was found to have been repainted in some areas, leading to a full restoration of the work in the 1960s.

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