Daniel Wallace Maze
Yale University Press, 2021
Widely recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Bellini is revered for his mastery of color, atmosphere and light. However, his early life and career remain something of a mystery. Daniel Wallace Maze expands on groundbreaking research that argues Jacopo Bellini was not Giovanni Bellini’s father, but rather his half-brother, and that Giovanni was born between 1424–26, up to fifteen years earlier than current scholars’ estimates. In light of this, Young Bellini explores the artist’s early life, including his birth, his unusual upbringing in Venice, and his first-known works of art. Presenting a clear narrative of his early career, and offering a number of newly attributed paintings, Maze provides answers to longstanding questions about Bellini, and poses new questions that will frame future research on the artist’s contribution to the Renaissance.