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Vivarini, BartolomeoDate of birth and death: ca.1440 - ca.1500
Nationality: ItalianUploaded artworks: 30
Venetian painter. The date of 1432, sometimes given for his birth, is derived from an inscription, almost certainly faked, on an inferior Virgin and Child (untraced). His brother Antonio and his nephew (also possibly his pupil) Alvise were also painters. He learned oil painting from Antonello da Messina, and is said to have produced, in 1473, the first oil picture done in Venice. Housed in the basilica of San Zanipolo, it is a large altar-piece in nine divisions, representing Augustine and other saints.
Most of his works, however, are in tempera. His outline is always hard, and his colour good; the figures have much dignified and devout expression. His independent works date from the 1460s onwards. He continued to paint polyptychs, but he modernized his style to a certain extent by imitating Mantegna.
As "vivarino" means in Italian a goldfinch, he sometimes drew a goldfinch as the signature of his pictures.
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