This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery. Please follow the links below for related online resources or visit our current exhibitions schedule.Sixteenth-century Venetian art, from a period regarded as a Golden Age, has been the subject of several international loan exhibitions, most recently in London, Paris, Rome, and Venice itself. This new exhibition will differ in important ways from the previous surveys, exploring the relationships between the artists and focusing on paintings from the first three decades of the century, which correspond roughly to the High Renaissance in Rome and Florence. The time span covered by the exhibition represents, visually and intellectually, the most exciting phase of the Renaissance in Venice, when the old Giovanni Bellini (d. 1516), Giorgione (d. 1510), and the young Titian, among others, were all working side by side. The exhibition will present approximately 60 paintings that best exemplify the new ideas and ideals: music, the pastoral landscape, the female nude, and the romantic portrait. It will include Bellini and Titian's Feast of the Gods (1514 and 1529), Giorgione's Adoration of the Shepherds (c. 1500), Laura (1506), and Three Philosophers (c. 1506). Noted experts in Venetian Renaissance art will contribute to the fully illustrated catalogue, to be published in both English and German.
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Sponsor: This exhibition is made possible by Bracco, an international leader in diagnostic imaging.
It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Art and the Humanities.