Young Bellini


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Daniel Wallace Maze

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A revisionist history of the early life and career of Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini

Widely recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Bellini is revered for his mastery of color, atmosphere and light. However, his early life and career remain something of a mystery. Daniel Wallace Maze expands on groundbreaking research that argues Jacopo Bellini was not Giovanni Bellini’s father, but rather his half-brother, and that Giovanni was born between 1424–26, up to fifteen years earlier than current scholars’ estimates. In light of this, Young Bellini explores the artist’s early life, including his birth, his unusual upbringing in Venice, and his first-known works of art. Presenting a clear narrative of his early career, and offering a number of newly attributed paintings, Maze provides answers to longstanding questions about Bellini, and poses new questions that will frame future research on the artist's contribution to the Renaissance.

Daniel Wallace Maze is assistant professor and Fountiene Lee Duda Faculty Fellow of Renaissance Art at the University of Iowa.

“A convincing recontextualisation of evidence that could prompt art historians to rethink the Bellini we know...Maze has laid the groundwork for a paradigm shift that scholars will continue to digest for years to come.”—Christopher J. Nygren, Art Newspaper
ISBN: 9780300236613
Publication Date: November 16, 2021
208 pages, 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
117 color illus.