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The Tempest (Giorgione)

Listed under Works of Art in Venice, Italy.

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Giorgione (c. 1477-1510) is the familiar name of Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco, was an Italian painter, one of the seminal artists of the High Renaissance in Venice...The Tempest has been called the first landscape in the history of Western painting. The subject of this painting is unclear, but its artistic mastery is apparent. The Tempest portrays a soldier and a breast-feeding woman on either side of a stream, amid a city's rubble and an incoming storm. The multitude of symbols in The Tempest offer many interpretations, but none is wholly satisfying. Theories that the painting is about duality (city and country, male and female) have been dismissed since radiography has shown that in the earlier stages of the painting the soldier to the left was a seated female nude.

The Tempest can be seen today at the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice.

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Written by  Amber Due.

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Hello can you give me any info regarding the light and 'tone' in this piece.

Hi there can you help me with a description of the 'light and tone' in this painting.



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