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Bartolomeo Vivarini

Born: c.. 1432, Murano

Died: c. 1499, Murano

BARTOLOMEO VIVARINI was a member of one of Venice's famous families of artists. Both his brother Antonio Vivarini (c. 1419-c. 1480) and Antonio's son Alvise Vivarini (c. 1445-1515) are also broadly represented in Venice.

Arts historian Paul Holberton describes Bartolomeo Vivarini as "an essentially derivative but charming painter at his peak in the 1470s" who "joined and then succeeded his older brother Antonio."

At the Church of S. Maria Formosa is Vivarini's's polyptych of the Madonna of Mercy (1473). Huddled around the Madonna appear to be portraits of the parish priest, the curate and members of their flock, reflecting the fact that the congregation subscribed to pay for the altarpiece. At the Church of S. Giovanni in Bragora are a Resurrection (1498) and a tripych of the Virgin Mary between St. John the Baptist and St. Andrew (1478). At the Church of S. Eufemia is a triptych of S. Rocco and an Angel with a lunette of the Mother and Child (1480). Several of his polytychs are in the collection of the Accademia in Venice.

Bartolomeo is represented by two prestigious altarpieces at the Church of S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari: The Virgin Enthroned with the Child on her Knee [Madonna della Salute] (1482), a polyptych in the Bernardo Chapel, and S. Marco Surrounded by Angels (1474), a triptych in the Cornaro Piscopia Chapel described by Lorenzetti as "a masterpiece of stylization and polychromy."

1997-9 C. I. Gable