St. Jerome reading in nature by Giovanni Bellini

St. Jerome reading in nature by Giovanni Bellini

Picture of Giovanni Bellini “Saint Jerome, reading in nature”. The size of the picture is 47 x 34 cm, wood, oil. Art historians Giovanni Bellini emphasize here the importance of light, lightly touching the figures and “defiantly overthrowing the fine jewelry work of the Paduan master and reviving the cold composition.” The sharp and energetic contours of the figures, refracted by light, resemble the works of Andrea del Castaño. St. Jerome Bellini painted in a landscape with a low horizon.

Giovanni inspired the spatial concept of Mantegna, but rejecting its systematic and excessive archaeological nature, he breathed into it his passionate love for man and for nature. The artist is fully matured for understanding the lessons of Piero della Francesca’s most noble example of using perspective laws.

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