Giorgione: The Warrior
canvas, 72 x 56,5 cm
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Photo courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum
Giorgione: Myth and Enigma
VIENNA • Kunsthistorisches Museum • Ongoing
|Although Giorgio da Castelfranco (1477/78-1510) is today considered the mythical patriarch of 16th century Venetian painting, the inspiration of Titian and others, his oeuvre is extremely small, and little is known about his life. The myth of Giorgione as a painter interested in poetry, music and philosophy as well as in alchemy and astrology still overshadows our knowledge of his life and art.
To celebrate the completion of the restoration of Giorgione's Pala di Castelfranco in Venice – the Gallerie dell'Academia hosted an exhibition for which the Kunsthistorisches Museum has loaned the master's Laura and the Three Philosophers. In return, the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice loans Giorgione's most famous painting, La Tempesta (The Tempest) – which has never left Venice before – and La Vecchia. In addition, the show boasts important loans from other museums, for example the Madonna Benson from the National Gallery in Washington, the Portrait of a Youth (Giustiniani Portrait) from the Picture Gallery of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Male Portrait from the San Diego Museum of Art, as well as the Portrait of a Youth from the Szépmüveszeti Múzeum in Budapest.
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