Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco, better known as Giorgione, was described by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio as more myth than man.
Not much is certain about Giorgione’s life and even his works. One of the few firm facts about Giorgione is that he came from the town of Castelfranco, about 40 Kilometers from Venice. He was born in the late 1470’s, although the actual date is not certain. In Venice he apprenticed to prestigious painters such as Giovanni Bellini, Leonardo Da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Dürer. Working in Venice as painter, Giorgione’s work was mainly privately commissioned but many of his painting didn’t survive. Giorgione was a handsome man and amorous too, his promising career was cut short by his death from plague in 1510 caught from a lover in Venice. A sense of myth began to develop round his mysterious death.
At the Casa Giorgione Museum, the artist’s parental home, visitors will have the opportunity to discover his drawings and one of his early painting Il Fregio delle Arti liberali e meccaniche. The Duomo in the central square of Castelfranco has the only sizable altarpiece signed by Giorgione.
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Edited by Eleonora Zorzi
Translated by Beatriz Bonardi
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