Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Giorgione, Giorgio da Castelfranco

Venus Asleep
c. 1510
Oil on canvas
108 x 175 cm
Gemaeldegallerie Alte Meister, Dresden

Giorgione, Giorgio da Castelfranco (c. 1477/8 – 1510)
Italian painter of the High Renaissance in Venice.
Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, though only about six surviving paintings are acknowledged for certain to be his work.
The resulting uncertainty about the identity and meaning of his art has made Giorgione one of the most mysterious figures in European painting.