The Feast of the Gods (1514) by Giovanni Bellini

The Feast of the Gods - Giovanni Bellini - 1514 - 1516

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TitleThe Feast of the Gods
ArtistGiovanni Bellini
Date1514 - 1516
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions170 x 188 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About The Feast of the Gods

The Feast of the Gods is a painting created by Italian Renaissance artist, Giovanni Bellini in 1514. It was commissioned by Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara for his private study in Ferrara, known as the camerino d’alabastro. The subject of the painting is based on a story by the Roman poet Ovid and features Roman gods and goddesses in a mythical setting. This masterpiece is one of the few mythological paintings produced by Bellini.

Throughout the years, the painting underwent several amendments by various artists, including Titian, who made significant contributions to the left and center landscape of the painting. The painting is part of a mythological cycle commissioned by Duke Alfonso, which Titian and Bellini both contributed to. Today, The Feast of the Gods can be found at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, where it is considered a prime example of Italian Renaissance artwork.

The painting’s intricate details and vivid colors powerfully display the gods’ feast, with several figures featured in the foreground and midground. In the background, the landscape portrays a beautiful and serene setting. The Feast of the Gods is renowned for its stunning craftsmanship and its masterful depiction of the divine characters. It remains a celebrated and famous work of art even today.

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