Bellini, Giorgione, and Titian: A Three Part Course with Dr. Susan Steer

Bellini, Giorgione, and Titian: A Three Part Course with Dr. Susan Steer


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Description

This three-part course considers the work of Venice’s most important early Renaissance painter, Giovanni Bellini, together with the art of his presumed pupils, the elusive but highly influential Giorgione, and the celebrated painter Titian. Altogether, the work of these three men defines Venetian Renaissance painting.
Known as Giorgione, "big George", this elusive figure died young leaving a tiny body of work, and yet, while he is often off-the-radar outside art history classes, he is considered one of the most inventive and influential artists of the Italian renaissance. Little is known about his life, as his only biographer came after his time and was unsympathetic to him as an artist. Today many attributions are controversial, as are the interpretations of his pictures, which often inspire furious debate. Conversely, Titian enjoyed a long and highly successful career, making him one of Europe’s most sought-after and prosperous artists. 
The course will mainly focus on the artworks created by these artists for Venice, considering them in their physical as well as art-historical contexts. Led by Dr. Susan Steer, an expert in Venetian Renaissance painting, this course looks in-depth at three of the most significant artists of Venice's Renaissance.
Lectures

Lecture 1: Giovanni Bellini 
Focussing on paintings created for his home city, we will look at Bellini's paintings found in art museums, but we will also look at the art still found in its original context, considering how the artist created his pieces with particular settings in mind. We will also see how Bellini's art evolved from a linear, lapidary style influenced by Mantegna through a softer, painterly style that defined the Venetian Renaissance. 
Lecture 2: Giorgione
This seminar takes a close look at the work of this elusive but massively influential figure, trying to tease out fact from fiction. We will also consider some of the controversies around this artistic personality. 
Lecture 3: Titian 
Concentrating on paintings created for his adopted city of Venice, we will look at paintings in art museums and famous monuments, and we will also discover some of his masterpieces in some lesser-known sites. We will consider how Titian's style evolved, not only as he matured, but also in response to the different settings and patrons with whom he worked.
About Your Expert

Susan Steer PhD is an art historian specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Venice. Susan has an extensive teaching background, lecturing on Italian art for universities in the UK and in Italy. She has also worked as a paintings researcher at museums in the UK, and has published on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art in leading specialist journals. She has lived in Venice for over 20 years.

FAQ

How does it work?
This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.
Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this soon after course registration.
How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course?
The course is $105 for three lectures.
Is a recording available?
Yes. All registered participants will be sent a recording within 24 hours of each session's conclusion. The recordings are available to re-watch at leisure until 30 days after the course's conclusion.
Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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lea vessels (Louisville, US)
Bellini, Giorgione and Titian

Dr Steer's seminars are so enjoyable and fun! In addition to art and history she shares inside information and intrigue. I am so so happy I signed up for this. Every seminar with Dr Steer has been terrific and makes me want more. In fact, I DID sign up for 4 more with Dr Steer! Grazie mille!

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Lynne Sergi (Moorestown, US)
Bellini Introduction

I learned quite a bit about Billini's family and history. Comparison to his brother's works were very useful.

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R.F. (Minneapolis, US)
Masters interpret events from different perspectives with innovative techniques

This was an extremely interesting presentation of Bellini's art focusing on how his unique artistic techniques and perceptions were applied to themes painted by earlier artists. It is amazing that so many Masters living in close proximity to each other (Florence and Venice) in such a short period of time (1450 - 1550) applied their unique interpretation of themes panted by earlier artists. Many times I said to myself, "I've seen this painting before by someone else." It was true, but yet the painting was uniquely different. Bellini's innovation of painting portraits in a three-quarters view rather than in a profile was ingenious. Dr. Steer did a magnificent job in explaining the development of the artists and their unique contribution to art during the Renaissance. I can't wait to hear her next lectures. I found the presentation on Belli just absolutely fantastic!

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Debby (Kissimmee, US)
Venice viewpoint

A well balanced and deeply informed discussion of Bellini’s influences, family and career in 1500’s Venetian painting. Excellent tone and pace. Well presented slides.

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Stephen Zaima (Stone Ridge, US)
What's not to like?

Dr. Susan Steet gives a scholarly, but not stuffy presentation focusing on three great Venetian artists. Given the subject and the setting, what's not to like? The added value with Dr. Steer is that she lives there, and thinks like a local.

Customer Reviews

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lea vessels (Louisville, US)
Bellini, Giorgione and Titian

Dr Steer's seminars are so enjoyable and fun! In addition to art and history she shares inside information and intrigue. I am so so happy I signed up for this. Every seminar with Dr Steer has been terrific and makes me want more. In fact, I DID sign up for 4 more with Dr Steer! Grazie mille!

L
Lynne Sergi (Moorestown, US)
Bellini Introduction

I learned quite a bit about Billini's family and history. Comparison to his brother's works were very useful.

R
R.F. (Minneapolis, US)
Masters interpret events from different perspectives with innovative techniques

This was an extremely interesting presentation of Bellini's art focusing on how his unique artistic techniques and perceptions were applied to themes painted by earlier artists. It is amazing that so many Masters living in close proximity to each other (Florence and Venice) in such a short period of time (1450 - 1550) applied their unique interpretation of themes panted by earlier artists. Many times I said to myself, "I've seen this painting before by someone else." It was true, but yet the painting was uniquely different. Bellini's innovation of painting portraits in a three-quarters view rather than in a profile was ingenious. Dr. Steer did a magnificent job in explaining the development of the artists and their unique contribution to art during the Renaissance. I can't wait to hear her next lectures. I found the presentation on Belli just absolutely fantastic!

D
Debby (Kissimmee, US)
Venice viewpoint

A well balanced and deeply informed discussion of Bellini’s influences, family and career in 1500’s Venetian painting. Excellent tone and pace. Well presented slides.

S
Stephen Zaima (Stone Ridge, US)
What's not to like?

Dr. Susan Steet gives a scholarly, but not stuffy presentation focusing on three great Venetian artists. Given the subject and the setting, what's not to like? The added value with Dr. Steer is that she lives there, and thinks like a local.