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Technical Photographs: Beyond the Naked Eye

Conservators and curators used infrared reflectograms and x-radiography to study the underdrawings and compositional shifts made by Bellini, Giorgione, and Titian beneath the surface of their paintings. Select an image below to explore the discoveries revealed by these technical photographs.

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Giorgione
Venetian, 1477/1478–1510
Portrait of a Woman ("Laura"), 1506
oil on canvas mounted on panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum,
Gemäldegalerie, Vienna
 
Giovanni Bellini and Titian
Venetian, 1430/1435–1516; Venetian, 1490–1576
Feast of the Gods, 1514 and 1529
oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington,
Widener Collection

 
 
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Giorgione
Venetian, 1477/1478–1510
Three Philosophers, c. 1506
oil on canvas
Kunsthistorisches Museum,
Gemäldegalerie, Vienna

Audio (2:40 mins., MP3 3.68MB) | Transcript
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Titian
Venetian, c. 1490–1576
Virgin and Child ("Gypsy Madonna") , c. 1511
oil on panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum,
Gemäldegalerie, Vienna

Audio (1:44 mins., MP3 2.4MB) | Transcript
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See Technical Studies of Painting Methods (PDF 784kb) (Download Acrobat Reader) by Elke Oberthaler and Elizabeth Walmsley, for additional information. This essay is excerpted from Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting, Copyright © 2006 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.


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