Giovanni Bellini

In the spring of 2010 Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert underwent an unprecedented technical study at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that incorporated infrared reflectography, X-radiography, surface examination, and paint analysis. The results, which are presented in this lecture by Charlotte Hale, expand our understanding of the evolution and history of this spectacular, enigmatic painting. This lecture was made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

In Bellini’s great masterpiece, the traditional relationship of figure to setting has been reversed, thus engaging us in a way that transforms our experience of the picture and our understanding of the artist’s creative genius. Keith Christiansen will discuss the impetus behind this transformation and its implications for interpreting the picture’s much-discussed subject. This lecture was made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

A brief introduction to Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert with Colin B. Bailey, Associate Director, and Peter Jay Sharp, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection.

This silent video about Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert was created by Susannah Rutherglen, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, in conjunction with the Frick's New Media Specialist, Lisa Candage, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservator Charlotte Hale, who oversaw the recent technical study. Five videos were produced for the Frick's exhibition, In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, which was on view from May 22 through August 28, 2011.

This silent video about Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert was created by Susannah Rutherglen, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, in conjunction with the Frick's New Media Specialist, Lisa Candage, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservator Charlotte Hale, who oversaw the recent technical study. Five videos were produced for the Frick's exhibition, In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, which was on view from May 22 through August 28, 2011.

This silent video about Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert was created by Susannah Rutherglen, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, in conjunction with the Frick's New Media Specialist, Lisa Candage, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservator Charlotte Hale, who oversaw the recent technical study. Five videos were produced for the Frick's exhibition, In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, which was on view from May 22 through August 28, 2011.

This silent video about Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert was created by Susannah Rutherglen, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, in conjunction with the Frick's New Media Specialist, Lisa Candage, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservator Charlotte Hale, who oversaw the recent technical study. Five videos were produced for the Frick's exhibition, In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, which was on view from May 22 through August 28, 2011.

This silent video about Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert was created by Susannah Rutherglen, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection, in conjunction with the Frick's New Media Specialist, Lisa Candage, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservator Charlotte Hale, who oversaw the recent technical study. Five videos were produced for the Frick's exhibition, In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, which was on view from May 22 through August 28, 2011.

In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert

May 22, 2011 to August 28, 2011 One of the most familiar and beloved paintings at The Frick Collection, Giovanni Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert (c. 1480), is also deeply enigmatic. The artist has imagined this medieval saint alone in a stony wilderness, stepping forward from his simple shelter into a golden light that seems to transfigure him spiritually. For centuries, viewers of this masterpiece have puzzled over the meaning of Bellini’s composition and have sought explanations in a variety of pictorial and textual sources.

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