Banner: Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) Madonna of the Meadow (Madonna del Prato), Oil on canvas, transferred from wood © The National Gallery, London

When we talk about 'Venetianness' in painting, we tend to mean a certain kind of rich use of colour and a dreamy and romantic atmosphere. It's a phrase that continues to be used in discussions of painting, but how accurate is it, and where does it come from? This talk will characterise this idea through a handful of paintings made in Venice around the turn of the 1500s by artists including Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione and Titian which embody some of these ideas. By close and slow looking at a limited number of examples, this talk will explore this particular language of painting and uncover its principal characteristics.

Ben Street is an art historian, educator and writer based in London. He lectures on master's programmes for Christie's Education, is a writer on art for the Times Literary Supplement, Art Review and Art Quarterly, and is the author of 'Art Unfolded: A History of Art in Four Colours' (Ilex, 2018).

Thurs 17 June 2021, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£10 Adults ● £8 Lightbox Members

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