Giovanni Bellini ( c. 1430/1435 - 1516), Tiziano Vecellio

Giovanni Bellini ( c. 1430/1435 - 1516), Tiziano Vecellio

12/27/2021, 10:39:17 AM
Giovanni Bellini ( c. 1430/1435 - 1516), Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) (c. 1490 - 1576) and Dosso Dossi (c. 1490 – 1542): The Feast of the Gods (Italian: Il festino degli dei), 1514-29, oil on canvas, 170.2 x 188 cm (67 x 74 in.), National Gallery of Art, Washington DC #Tiziano #Titian #Bellini #Painters #Paintings #Arthistory #Renaissance #historyofart #Arte #artista #nationalgalleryofart #dossodossi #venezia #renaissanceart #giovannibellini #renaissancepainting #renaissanceartist #tizianovecellio #rinascimento #Renacimiento #Venice #venetianpainting 'The Feast of the Gods' is an oil painting by the Italian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini, with substantial additions to the landscape in stages by Dosso Dossi and Titian, who added all the landscape to the left and centre. It is one of the few mythological pictures by the Venetian artist. The painting is the first major depiction of the subject of the "Feast of the Gods" in Renaissance art, which was to remain in currency until the end of Northern Mannerism over a century later The theme comes from The Feasts (Fasti), a long classical poem by Ovid that recounts the origins of many ancient Roman rites and festivals. Ovid (43 B.C.–A.D. 17), describing a banquet given by the god of wine, mentioned an incident that embarrassed Priapus, god of virility. The beautiful nymph Lotis, shown reclining at the far right, was lulled to sleep by wine. Priapus, overcome by lust, seized the opportunity to take advantage of her and is portrayed bending forward to lift her skirt. His attempt was foiled when an ass, seen at the left, "with raucous braying, gave out an ill-timed roar. Awakened, the startled nymph pushed Priapus away, and the god was laughed at by all." Priapus, his pride wounded, took revenge by demanding the annual sacrifice of a donkey. The donkey stands next to Silenus, a woodland deity who used the beast to carry firewood. Silenus wears a keg on his belt because he was a follower of Bacchus, god of wine. Bacchus himself, seen as an infant, kneels before them while decanting wine into a crystal pitcher.

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