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Gentile Bellini

(c.1429-1507)

Biography


Jacopo Bellini’s eldest son, Gentile (1429-1507), was taught painting in the workshop of his father. He had no shortage of commissions, his talent as a portraitist revealed itself at an early age. Gentile’s career was spectacular. In 1469, he was appointed count palatine by Emperor Frederick III, and in 1479, at the age of fifty, the Republic of Venice sent him to Constantinople to paint the portrait of Sultan Mehmet II: a great honor. The famous portrait of this oriental monarch, conqueror of Byzantium, is now in the National Gallery, London. Mehmet “…could hardly understand,” wrote Vasari, “… how any mortal could possess the, as it were, divine skill of imitating nature so vividly.” Bellini returned, a whole year later, piled high with gifts and honors, including the title of “bey” (knight).Read Gentile Bellini's Full Biography

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Gentile Bellini. Madonna and Child with Donors. Madonna and Child with Donors. c.1460. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. Sultan Mehmet II. Sultan Mehmet II. 1480. Oil on canvas. 70x52cm. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. Procession in St. Mark's Square. Procession in St. Mark's Square. 1496. Tempera on canvas. 367x745cm. Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. Procession in St. Mark's Square. Detail. Procession in St. Mark's Square. Detail. 1496. Tempera on canvas. 367 x 745cm. Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. The Recovery of the Relic of the True Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo. The Recovery of the Relic of the True Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo. 1496-1500. Oil on canvas. 323x430cm. Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. Portrait of Catarina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus. Portrait of Catarina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus. c. 1500. Oil on wood. Szepmuveseti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. Portrait of a Patrician. Portrait of a Patrician. . Detail. Oil on canvas. Kiev Museum of Western Art, Kiev, Ukraine. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Gentile Bellini. A Turkish Janissary. A Turkish Janissary. . British Museum, London, UK. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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