Bartolomeo Veneto Italy
9-1483 Venice, ITA - 3-1546 Venice, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Bartolomeo Veneto’s early works consist of small devotional pictures. Bartolomeo changed his subject matter to suit his patrons as the interest in portraiture grew in Venice and the Veneto. His portraits became quite popular and in his later life Bartolomeo obtained many commissions in Northern Italy.
While forty paintings are generally accepted to be by Bartolomeo Veneto, only nine bear inscriptions with the artist's name. A fourth of the generally accepted works are devotional paintings, which were painted during his early career. All of his paintings were done on wood, few were later moved to canvas.
Bartolomeo Veneto’s earliest dated work Virgin and Child, from 1502 bears an interesting signature important to our understanding of the painter’s developing style, "Bartolamio mezo venizian e mezo cremonexe" (“Bartolomeo half-Venetian and half-Cremonese.”) The inscription sheds light on the painter’s citizenship, as well as a reference to his diverse stylistic influence. The Venetian half reflects his knowledge of Bellini. The Cremonese suggests some knowledge of the Cremonese school founded by Giulio Campi.
Bartolomeo Veneto is very likely to have been "Bartolomeo da Venetia" who the Este court recorded as a craftsman in its service from 1505-1507. There, Bartolomeo gilded frames and made carnival decorations along with painting a Virgin with saints.
Documents suggest Bartolomeo Veneto went to Padua in 1512 and Milan in 1520. Leonardo da Vinci had recently been to Milan, where he transformed the current mundane portraiture into one of intrigue and sfumato. Leonardo's effect is evident in Bartolomeo's developing style when juxtaposing Flora and Lady playing a Lute. Flora's hair is flat and each detailed single strand is painted, much detail is paid to the flowers and jewelry draped across her body. Lady Playing a Lute's figure is more three-dimensional with an emphasis of chiaroscuro. Her hair, rather than individual strands, has some sense of being whole while still being separate.
Art Movement: Renaissance Art
Influences: Gentile Bellini