Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cima da Conegliano

The Madonna of the orange tree
c. 1495
Tempera and oil on panel
212 x 139 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Giovanni Battista Cima, also called Cima da Conegliano (c.1459 - c.1517) was an Italian Renaissance painter, son of a sheep-shearer, named after the town of his birth, and active mainly in nearby Venice.

Cima was one of the first Italians to assign a place for landscape depiction, and to formulate the laws of atmosphere and of the distribution of light and shade. He became the greatest and perhaps the only painter of religious subjects, and his altarpieces are clear, bright, and poetic. By the second half of the decade his fame had spread beyond the confines of the Venetian state.
He belonged to the generation between Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione and was one of the leading painters of early Renaissance Venice.