New Appeal for Jacopo, Giovanni & Gentile Bellini Nativity Triptych


New Appeal for Jacopo, Giovanni & Gentile Bellini Nativity Triptych

This triptych was painted for a chapel (built before 1462) in the church of Santa Maria della Carita which is now the Accademia Galleries.  The Nativity Triptych was one of four similar triptychs believed to have been painted by the Bellini family and workshop and now all in the Accademia Galleries.  It is thought that the central panel is by Giovanni Bellini and also the figure of San Domenico in the lunette.

The project will include: fixing areas of lifting, cleaning, photographic documentation to identify anomalies in the layers of paint and gilding; removal of discoloured varnishes, retouched areas and old gesso infills: monitoring and recalibrating of the transverse supports added in 2000; the application of a protective layer, repair of deep losses and woodworm holes, infilling of paint losses with pure and stable colours.  

A series of non-invasive imaging and spectroscopic investigations will also be carried out and the data gathered from this project and and a parallell project on another triptych should yield new information on the Bellini workshop and the progress of Giovanni Bellini's artistic development from the vernacular Venetian Gothic painter to the major Renaissance artist he later became.

You can donate by the following methods:
Online here
Cheque {made out to Venice in Peril}
Tel 020 7736 6891 to make a donation by credit card or,
BACS transfer to Venice in Peril (UK Bank Sort Code 301674, Account No. 26670568).

Photo: Archivio Fotografico G.A.VE by kind permission MiBAC

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