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Procession in St. Mark's Square and Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo by Gentile Bellini: the experience of conceptual interpretation

Ezernitskaya Anna

post-graduate student of the Department of the Theory and History of Art at Russian State University for the Humanities

125993, Russia, Moscow, str. Miusskaya Square, 6






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Abstract: The narrative depiction cycles of the Renaissance, similar to the archive documents, manifest as the distinct primary sources and contain the important information, which allows revealing the essence of well-known work more extensively. The subject of this research is the two canvases by Gentile Bellini “Procession in St. Mark's Square” (1496) and “Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo” (1500) painted by the request of Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice. Based on the studied archive documents, the author attempts concretizing the maximal amount of historical characters – participants of the portrayed by Bellini events. Mostly using the iconological analysis, the author clarifies the essence and reveal the inner meaning of the oeuvre. For the first time the well-known works of Bellini are examined in parallel with the primary sources texts. The article analyses not just the depictive features of the compositions, but rather their historical information content, considering the Venetian realities and underlining the details that were important to Gentile Bellini as the signs of the era. Among the portrayed on both canvases, were identified the representatives of the Compagnie della Calza – important and intrinsic members of the cultural life of the Republic of Venice of the XV-XVI centuries.

Keywords: Andrea Vendramin, Miracles of the True Cross, processions, San Marco, Compagnie della Calza, Gentile Bellini, Venetian painting, Renaissance, Venice, Scuole Grandi
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