Giovanni Emo (c. 1475-83) by Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Emo - Giovanni Bellini - c. 1475-83

Artwork Information

TitleGiovanni Emo
ArtistGiovanni Bellini
Datec. 1475-83
MediumOil on wood
Dimensions19 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (49 x 35 cm)
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About Giovanni Emo

Giovanni Bellini’s Portrait of Giovani Emo is an oil on panel painting that was created around 1495-1500. The painting is currently located at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, USA. Giovanni di Giorgio Emo, who was born in 1425 and served as a Venetian senator, is the subject of the portrait. However, the name of the model in the painting is unknown; some possibilities are Bartolomeo d’Alviano, Bartolomeo Colleoni, Giacomo Marcello, or Giovanni Emo himself.

Bellini executed the painting using clear, slow-drying oil paints that created vivid, rich hues and finely detailed shading. His work influenced the Venetian painting school and his pupils Giorgione and Titian, in particular. The painting reflects the growing Renaissance concerns and stylistic innovations of the Venetian artistic community.

Overall, the Portrait of Giovani Emo is a portrait of an influential and wealthy Venetian senator executed with mastery by Bellini’s skilled use of oil paints. The artwork is an important example of Bellini’s impact on the Venetian artistic school and the growing influence of Renaissance concerns and techniques.

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