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Venice and the Veneto

Map of the Veneto

Venice and the Veneto ©

In 1500 Venice was the foremost maritime power of Europe, with a large trading empire in the eastern Mediterranean and extensive mainland territories. The city's wealth and stability allowed artistic creativity to flourish. Giovanni Bellini, the father of Venetian High Renaissance painting, taught several major artists including Giorgione and Titian. These artists revolutionised artistic practice, exploring the potential of oil paint and creating new poetic subjects.

After Giorgione's early death, Titian became the pre-eminent Venetian painter, commanding an international clientele. Later a younger generation including Tintoretto and Veronese dominated the Venetian scene and ran successful family workshops. Although based in his native Bassano del Grappa, Jacopo Bassano attracted patrons from Venice, and his biblical subjects vividly depicted the rural life around him. Lorenzo Lotto was born in Venice but his distinctive style reflects the fact that he travelled frequently in northern Italy.

Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516)

Portrait of a Young Man

Bernardo Strozzi (Genoa 1581-Venice 1644)

The Concert

Attributed to Titian (c. 1488-Venice 1576)

A Boy with a Pipe ('The Shepherd')

Attributed to Titian (c. 1488-Venice 1576)

The Lovers

Giovanni Cariani (c. 1485-1547)

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Girolamo Romanino (Brescia c. 1485-1559)

Portrait of a Man

Lorenzo Lotto (Venice c. 1480-Loreto 1556)

Portrait of a Bearded Man

Attributed to Lorenzo Lotto (Venice c. 1480-Loreto 1556)

Portrait of a Man Holding a Glove

Lorenzo Lotto (Venice c. 1480-Loreto 1556)

Andrea Odoni

Attributed to Girolamo Savoldo (c. 1480-1548)

Portrait of a Man with a Hawk

Palma Vecchio (active 1480-1528)

A Sibyl

Bernardino Licinio (c. 1489-1565)

A Family Group

Jacopo Bassano (c. 1510-1592)

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Jacopo Bassano (c. 1510-1592)

The Journey of Jacob

Andrea Schiavone (c. 1510-1563)

The Judgement of Midas

Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-94)

Esther before Ahasuerus

Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-94)

The Muses

Lodewijk Toeput (c. 1550-c. 1605)

Pleasure Garden with a Maze

Attributed to Girolamo Savoldo (c. 1480-1548)

The head of a man

Giovanni Antonio Pordenone (1483/4-1539)

The Annunciation

Pomponio Amalteo (1505-88)

The Martyrdom of St Stephen

Battista Franco (c. 1510-1561)

A flagellator

Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-94)

A man from behind

Attributed to Domenico Brusasorci (Verona c. 1516-67)

A prophet or philosopher