My Picture: The Tempest by Giorgione at the Gallerie dell’Accademia

My Picture: The Tempest by Giorgione at the Gallerie dell’Accademia
Isabel del Rio

Giorgione Tempest, an enigmatic picture.

**The Tempest is a famous Renaissance painting by Venetian master Giorgione dated between 1506 and 1508. Originally commissioned by the Venetian noble Gabriele Vendramin, the painting is housed in the Gallerie dell’Accademia of Venice, Italy.It is located in the prestigious center of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità, one of the most ancient lay fraternal orders of the city. The homonymous church of Santa Maria and the monastery of the Canonici Lateranensi, built by Andrea Palladio, are integral parts of the Accademia.

If you have the chance. Don’t miss Giorgione Tempest.


Giorgione Tempest

Giorgione Tempest

My Picture: The Tempest by Giorgione

Yesterday, I said I cannot understand why this Renaissance picture impressed me so much from the very beginning, from the first time I saw it at the National Gallery in Venice.

It’s curious the title: ‘The Tempest’. In fact, it’s only a storm what the sky is announcing at the background. Because it’s impossible to think of a ‘tempest’ far from a sea or from an ocean. However, maybe the apparently quite atmosphere is announcing another kind of tempest, a psychological tempest, a big personal convulsion between those two figures (man and mother) split by a narrow river.

Would it be possible to cross the river? To talk to each other? To get an understanding? Yes, it would, but this meeting will never happen, at least not during the Renaissance.

Behind them, there are a bridge and a boat. But they prefer to ignore their meeting. The mother looks at us, the spectators, she looks at the future, her only chance of consolation. The man looks at the heights, imagining his next personal adventures, how to climb to a better position, to improve and get power.

So near so far, they could jump the little river, only a crystalline stream, but they prefer to be secure, in the secure place that society gave them.

Broken columns of a broken past. Labyrinthine streets of a labyrinthine present. Centuries of misunderstanding between sex. Years of a silent struggle which babies learn when they are breastfed.

If for a second they understood their silly tragedy, the necessity of walking together, of helping each other. Not that afternoon, not that year, not that century. Time, always we need more time to find the solution.

Our life is brief.

Giorgione Tempest. Self-portrait

Giorgione Tempest. Self-portrait

**Giorgione was an Italian artist born in Venice in 1477. His career was cut off in 1510 by his death at a little over thirty. Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, though only about six surviving paintings are acknowledged for certain to be his work. The resulting uncertainty about the identity and meaning of his art has made Giorgione one of the most mysterious figures in European painting and historians spoke constantly he belonged to secret sects of mystic nature.

Together with Titian, who was slightly younger than him, he is the founder of the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting, which achieves much of its effect through color and stains, and is traditionally contrasted with the reliance on a more linear desing of Florentine painting.

Giorgione died, probably of the plague then raging, by October, 1510.

**‘The Tempest has been called the first landscape in the history of art. The subject of this painting is imprecise, but its colors and technique unquestionable. The Tempest portrays a soldier and a breast-feeding woman on either side of a dark blue 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.

Giorgione Tempest. A Masterpiece

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