About the artist
Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) was an Italian Renaissance painter who was a major influence in the development of the Venetian school of painting. He was the son of Jacopo Bellini and brother of Gentile Bellini, both of whom were well known painters. He was a master of the use of oil paints and his works are characterised by a soft, serene atmosphere and a delicate use of colour. He was also a pioneer in the use of landscape painting and his works often featured religious figures in a natural setting.
Also associated with: Venetian school of painting, oil paints, serene atmosphere, delicate use of colour, landscape painting, religious figures.