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Giorgione: An Italian Painter


Giorgione was an inspirational Italian painter from the fifteenth and sixteenth century who helped shape the development of the Venetian School of artists, having lived in the city for most of his short life. The artist was a part of the Italian High Renaissance, which is among the most respected and studied art movements in European history.


Early Life:

Italian High Renaissance painter Giorgio Barbarelli da Castel Franco, also called as Giorgione, was born in Castel Franco in the year 1477 or 1478. Situated in Venice, he was well-known as one of the most enigmatic painters from Europe. He is said to have studied art under the direction of Giovanni Bellini. Almost all the accounts related to Giorgione address him as an individual of poetic and romantic charm, blessed with a sensual and expressive creative mind.


While he has made twenty artworks, around six are related to him in a complete certainty. His works were unique and set up a new trend in the Italian High Renaissance. He started using the S-fumato, which included a soft use of colors and perspective, with light playing a huge part in all of his works. The enlightened compositions inspired the 'glow' factor in the artist's works of art.


Famous Artworks:

His most amazing surviving works include Dozing Venus' (1508), 'Judith' (1504), 'The Three Philosophers' (1508), 'Castel Franco Madonna'(1506), 'and 'The Tempest' (1510). 'The Tempest' is even referred to as the main Landscape Painting in Western painting history.


The piece depicts a breastfeeding woman and a soldier on either side of a stream. However, the interpretations of the paintings are varied; their artistic brilliance has esteemed clarity.

Giorgione's Sleeping Venus depicts a nude woman lying on the white curtain in a glowing background marked by slopes. The depiction of naked women turned into a milestone in art history and is considered one of Modern Art's starting points.


Giorgione was very close to Titian. Together, the pair made the Fondaco dei Tedeschi frescoes during 1507-08. The significance of their relationship can be evaluated with how Titian even accepted to finish a portion of Giorgione's canvases after he died. 


Final Year and Death: 

Giorgione is said to have untimely death due to plague before October 1510, when he was simply in his mid-thirties. Giorgione's amazing range of artworks continues to motivate and please both artists and art appreciators.