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Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of faith in renaissance Venice

Getty Museum (Brentwood), Los Angeles — Giovanni Bellini’s evocative landscapes are as much the protagonists of his paintings as are the religious subjects that dominated 15th-century Italian art. One of the most influential painters of the Renaissance, he worked in and around Venice, and while his landscapes are highly metaphorical, they also accurately reflect the region’s topography and natural light. Created for sophisticated patrons, Bellini’s works present characters and symbols from familiar sacred stories, set in a dimension of reality and lived experience to a degree unprecedented in the history of Italian painting. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by John J. Studzinski CBE, and Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Holmes Tuttle.