Venus and Cupid by Lorenzo Lotto Lorenzo Lotto, whose unusual genius makes him one of the most fascinating of all Venetian painters, depicts Venus and her son Cupid in a bower, a subject inspired by ancient marriage poems known as "epithalamia." It was almost certainly painted to celebrate a wedding and Venus’s features may be taken from the bride’s
WURZBURG RESIDENCE, Germany: Balthasar Neumann was the principal architect of the Residenz, which was completed in 1744. The Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, assisted by his son, Domenico, painted frescoes in the building. The building was dubbed the "nicest parsonage in Europe" by Napoleon. It was heavily damaged during World War II, & restoration has been in progress since 1945.
Do you know the story of carpaccio? It was invented in 1950 in Venice when it was prepared for a countess who had apparently been advised by doctors to only eat raw meat. The now-popular dish was named after Vittore Carpaccio a Venetian painter noted for artwork prominent in colors of red and white. Fascinating right?
CA' GRIMANI, VENICE~ was the home of Domenico Grimani and his nephew Giovanni, who in the 16th century gave the city two museums. The palazzo was also home to Domenico’s father, Antonio Grimani, who became Doge in 1521 to 1523. ~ Once one of the most famous residence-museums in Europe, King Henry III of France visited in 1573. The Grimanis were important patrons of contemporary art. Their collections embraced Venetian painters like Giorgione, Titian, Veronese, Jacopo Bassano and Tintoretto.
Renaissance Portraits at New York's Metropolitan Museum (Photos)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1515 the great Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini painted the Dominican friar Teodoro of Urbino in the guise of Saint Dominic, founder of his order. What we don't know is whether the picture was intended as a devotional image of the dead saint that Bellini made more lifelike by using a specific living model, or whether it was meant to commemorate Fra Teodoro's own sanctity by identifying him with Saint…