Reunites two masterpieces after more than four centuries apart, affording a re-examination of their shared history
The Three Philosophers by Giorgione (Italian, 1477–1510) in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and St. Francis in the Desert by Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1424/35–1516) in The Frick Collection are two of the most celebrated paintings of the Venetian Renaissance. Documentation exists to suggest that, between at least 1525 and 1556, the two paintings were displayed together in the same house in Venice, the palazzo of Taddeo Contarini (ca. 1466–1540), a member of one of Venice’s wealthiest patrician families. For the first time in more than four hundred years these two masterpieces will be reunited. Accompanying their display at the Frick, this book explores the origins of the paintings and re-evaluates their histories in the collection of Taddeo Contarini.
Xavier F. Salomon is deputy director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, New York.
Table of Contents
- Director’s Foreword by Ian Wardropper
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini
- Image Credits