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GiorgioneRich color and mood like smooth syrup

Giorgione was an Italian Artist who Died Young born in 1477. contributed to the Italian Renaissance movement and died on October 25, 1510.

Giorgione was born Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco, in the small town of Castelfranco Veneto near Venice. By his early 20’s he was winning commissions to paint local officials and over the next ten years would develop skills rivaling the greatest of the Italian masters, and would help to define the moody, rich colors of the Venetian school of Renaissance painting.

The linguistically beautiful and factually suspect historian Giorgio Vasari describes Giorgione as a man who delighted in all the beauty the world could offer, singing and playing the lute, and “putting into his pictures, the greatest beauty and the greatest variety that he could find.” His gentle obsession with the soft tones of flesh and the shade of quiet trees distinguish his paintings, and profoundly influenced his student Titian.

But a love of beauty cost Giorgione dearly. In 1511, his lover, whose name we do not know, caught the black plague. Giorgione was infected, and died at age 34. Today much of his work is lost or blurry in attribution. Only six surviving artworks are attributed to Giorgione today — we've posted eight. Which ones do you think are his?

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Young Man with Arrow

1505

Laura

1506

The Tempest

1508

Pastoral Concert

1509

The Three Philosophers

1505-1509

Portrait of a Young Man

1510

Sleeping Venus

1508-1510

Adoration of the Shepherds

1505-1510

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