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Giovanni Bellini

Venetian painter born in Venice (1430) and died in Venice (1516), aged 86

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Jacopo Bellini painter

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Titian (1488-1576) Venetian High Renaissance painter

Giorgione (1477-1510) Venetian High Renaissance painter

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Gentile Bellini Venetian painter

1430

Giovanni Bellini born in Venice.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516): painter

1470

40 years, 10 days later

Giovanni Bellini receives his first appointment to work along with his brother and other artists in the Scuola di San Marco, where among other subjects he is commissioned to paint a Deluge with Noah's Ark.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 40: painter

1505

35 years, 8 days later

The Marchioness Isabella Gonzaga of Mantua endeavours through Cardinal Bembo to obtain from Giovanni Bellini another picture, this time of a secular or mythological character.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 75: painter

1505

Giovanni Bellini paints the The San Zaccaria Altarpiece, which is considered perhaps the most beautiful and imposing of all his altarpieces.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 75: painter

1506

1 year later

Albrecht Dürer, visiting Venice for a second time, describes Giovanni Bellini as still the best painter in the city, and as full of all courtesy and generosity towards foreign brethren of the brush.

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1513

7 years, 2 days later

Titian obtains a broker's patent, termed La Sanseria or Senseria (a privilege much coveted by rising or risen artists), in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and becomes superintendent of the government works, being especially charged to complete the paintings left unfinished by Giovanni Bellini in the hall of the great council in the ducal palace.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 25: painter
Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 83: painter

1513

Giovanni Bellini's position as sole master (since the death of his brother and of Alvise Vivarini) in charge of the paintings in the Hall of the Great Council is threatened by Titian.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 25: painter
Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 83: painter

1514

1 year later

Giovanni Bellini paints the The Feast of the Gods.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 84: painter

1515

1 year later

Giovanni Bellini paints the Naked Young Woman in Front of the Mirror.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 85: painter

1516

1 year later

Titian succeeds his master Giovanni Bellini in receiving a pension from the Venetian Senate.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 86: painter
Titian (1488-1576), aged 28: painter

1516

November 26

on Sunday

11 months later

Giovanni Bellini dies in Venice.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.
Sunrise in Venice was at 5:44 AM and sunset was at 5:51 PM.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 86: painter

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