A masterpiece by Bellini on view in Venice
Giovanni Bellini in Venice. 500 years after the death of Giovanni Bellini, Venice celebrates him with a programme of a series of events in which the main cultural institutions will be involved. Conferences, exhibitions, and unusual itineraries will be organized to allow the public to know the works by Bellini.
Celebrations will start with the exhibition of the painting “The Drunkenness of Noah” at the Museo Correr. This painting is considered the artistic will of the Master.
After 70 years, the painting will came back to Venice from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et Archéologie of Besançon, (the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology of Besançon) and it will be compared with the most complete collection in the world of Giovanni Bellini’s paintings, kept in the collection of the Musei Civici di Venezia.
The work of art, on exhibition until June 18th 2016, is one of the most representative paintings of the whole artistic production of Bellini.
It’s the only subject of Bellini taken from the Bible, and it’s a sort of a visual inheritance of the painter, who, already old, at the end of his career abandoned the 15th-century style and embraced a more innovative artistic trend, inspired by his pupil Giorgione.
Dürer defined Bellini as “very old, but still the best painter of all”, and admiring this painting, you can see it. The artist in his seventies is still capable of experimenting and interpreting a rare subject from the Old Testament in an original way.
The project which will bring a masterpiece by Bellini to Venice, is part of a wider programme called “Un capolavoro per Venezia” (“A masterpiece for Venice”), which will see the return to Venice of other art masterpieces housed in foreign museums and which are little known by the Italian public.
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Giovanni Bellini. Un capolavoro per Venezia (“A masterpiece for Venice”)
The Drunkenness of Noah
March 5 – June 18, 2016
Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco – Venice