Portrait of a Young Man

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Giovanni Bellini (Italian c. 1438–1516)

Portræt af en ung mand, ca. 1490
Olie på træ. 29,5 x 23 cm.

Bellini var i sin samtid en af Venedigs førende malere og kendes i dag som en af renæssancens største kunstnere. Han var søn af den kendte maler Jacopo Bellini og bror til Gentile Bellini, der også var en betydelig maler. Omkring 1500 var Bellinis værksted det absolut største i byen med en omfattende produktion af altertavler og andagtsbilleder. Både som portrætmaler og i sin udførelse af religiøse motiver, særligt altertavler, var Bellini banebrydende. Med sine farvestrålende, harmoniske og nyskabende kompositioner fik han afgørende betydning for en hel generation af kunstnere.

Den unge mand ser mod et ubestemt punkt forbi beskueren. Han er skildret mere som fjernt fra verdens trængsler end som nærværende individ. Den blå himmel og den hvide skybræmme vidner om en fremadskuende kunstner. Den unge mand er afbildet asketisk, kun iført en enkel dragt med en stola over venstre skulder, som venetianske mænd over 25 år normalt bar. Der er hverken attributter, landskaber i baggrunden eller arkitektur til at fremhæve mandens stand eller rigdom. Den intense og dengang meget kostbare ultramarinblå baggrundsfarve blev fremstillet i pulverform af ædelstenen lapis lazuli og føjer et eksklusivt element til det lille portræt.


Portrait of a Young Man, c. 1490
Oil on panel. 29,5 x 23 cm.

Bellini was one of his time’s leading painters in Venice and is today known as one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. He was the son of the famous painter Jacopo Bellini and brother of Gentile Bellini, who was also a renowned painter. Around 1500, Bellini’s workshop was the largest in the city with a comprehensive production of altarpieces and andachtsbilder. Bellini was groundbreaking as a portraitist and for his execution of religious subjects, particularly altarpieces. With his colourful, harmonious and innovative compositions, he became decisively influential for an entire generation of artists.

The young man looks at an indeterminable point beyond the viewer. He appears distant from any worldly issues rather than as a present individual. The blue sky and the white stripe of cloud are indicative of a progressive artist. The young man appears ascetic, dressed in simple clothes with a stola over his left shoulder, as was customary for Venetian men over 25. There are no details, background landscape or architecture to highlight the man’s status or wealth. The intense and highly precious ultramarine background colour was produced in pulverised form from lapis lazuli and adds an element of exclusivity to the small portrait.

Details

The prints are individually crafted in heavy duty 280 gram Museum Quality Art Print paper.

Ordered framed the artwork is custom mount, cut perfectly to your image
Delivered fully strung, ready for hanging

Created from high-quality wood, milled with simple clean lines and presented with a satin finish.
This frame has a square profile measuring 20mm (front face) by 23mm (depth from wall).

Available in black or natural.