Artibus et Historiae no. 14 (VII)

1986, ISSN 0391-9064

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RONA GOFFEN - Bellini, S. Giobbe, and Altar Egos

In his San Giobbe Altarpiece, Giovanni Bellini created an illusionistic high altar to honor Job, who had in effect been displaced from the actual high altar of the church by St. Bernardino of Siena. At the same time, Bellini's fictive architecture recalls the altar of St. Bernardino in San Marco, endowed by Doge Cristoforo Moro. The following aspects of Bellini's San Giobbe Altarpiece are also considered: the probable patronage (the Scuola di San Giobbe) and date (ca. 1478); Bellini's use of architecture; his ducal imagery; Franciscan spirituality; and the cults of St. Bernardino and of the Immaculate Conception.

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