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Giorgione was trained by the Father of the Venetian School Giovanni Bellini,Giorgione developed his own style of soft focus painting that was not unlike that of Leonardo Da Vinci as it incorporated more landscape than what was expected during the High Renaissance as most of the art looked towards the ideas of beauty and humanism for inspiration and also included a more gradualist approach to application of color.
Giorgione unlike many artists of the High Renaissance who were also trained at the Venetian School who favored a more sensualist approach and therefore a less intellectual approach to art whereas Giorgione preferred to ensure there were hidden meanings in his work more along the lines of Leonardo, Michelangelo and other artists from the Florentine Renaissance with that being said the overall meaning of The Tempest has eluded both artists and art historians.
The Tempest was reportedly commissioned by a Venetian nobleman named Gabriele Vendramin and is one of the earliest paintings to be dominated by the landscape even with its allegorical motifs. Now as we look at the painting we see in the foreground to the right there is a nude woman that is sitting on a small bank overlooking the creek while holding a baby to her breast and she also uses her thigh to offer additional protection and cover for the child.
The background is part of the same landscape that features the two figures by the stream but yet the background also seems to be separate.
The background consists of both urban and countryside scenes as evidenced by the stream widening until it becomes a river crossed by a single bridge which is next to several fine buildings including a temple indicating this is an unknown city of some kind.
In the sky above the city a storm is gathering.
According to several art historians, this refers to a coming conflict such as the war of the League of Cambraibetween Venice and the League of Cambrai, an anti-Venetian alliance organized by Pope Julius II.
One theory about the piece was that it was to serve as a warning to the leaders of Venice to avoid war with the Pope-led League of Cambrai and yet another theory suggests that city is Heaven and the two figures are Adam and Eve thus representing the Expulsion from Paradise but is complicated due to the man being the original second woman in the piece.
The purpose and role of this piece was to warn the leaders of Venice about the storm that war brings to the ordinary person and thus should not be treated with disdain.
The patron of this artwork was the Venetian noble Gabriele Vandramin as he wanted to be able to take the warning portrayed in the painting to the Venetian leaders to prove that going to war with Pope-led League of Cambrai could be a costly idea and was proven right. The importance of Gabriele Vandramin being the patron of this artwork is that he challenged Giorgione to be subtle in the message that he wanted to be sent to the Venetian leaders at the time.
Footnotes for the article: Analysis, Meaning,accessed February 14,http:The Tempest is a painting of two (seemingly unrelated) halves - foreground and background. In the foreground, to the right, a nude woman is sitting on a small bank overlooking a stream.
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