Venice’s adoption of those Renaissance kinds was itself a outstanding break with the previous, for the Venetians had all the time favored the subtle East when it got here to creative expression.  However occasions had been altering.  The flame of Byzantium was flickering and even Venice turned its consideration to the Western terra firma.  Among the many earliest Renaissance artists in Venice was Jacopo Bellini.  The son of a Venetian tinsmith, Bellini labored underneath Gentile da Fabriano, who produced varied now-lost works for the Nice Council in 1408.  Bellini accompanied his grasp to Florence, the place he remained for some years studying the brand new creative strategies pioneered there.  Later, Bellini traveled to Bruges, the place he was launched to using oil paints on canvas — a medium that will endlessly change Venice.

The seat of excessive tradition in fifteenth-century Venice was not on the governmental middle, however in its outskirts at Padua.  There, since 1222, a college had flourished that drew the very best minds in Europe and offered a superb training for Venice’s elite.  After returning to Venice, Bellini arrange store in Padua along with his two sons, Gentile and Giovanni.  They had been seemingly influenced by the arrival in 1443 of Donatello, who lived in Padua for a couple of decade.  His masterwork throughout these years was the equestrian statue of the condottiere Erasmo da Narni…This magnificent life-size bronze was the primary such statue produced for the reason that days of historic Rome.

That’s from Thomas F. Madden, Venice: A New Historical past.