from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Giorgione Originally Giorgio Barbarelli. Also known as Giorgio da Castelfranco. 1478?-1510. Italian painter and early master of the Venetian school. Among the works ascribed to him are The Tempest (c. 1505) and Sleeping Venus (c. 1510).


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  • How do you think I even know the name Giorgione more than five hundred years later?

    The Wish Stealers

  • Giorgio da Castelfranco, known as Giorgione, often painted figures with such spectral softness that he is acclaimed for his ability to do so.

    Terence Clarke: Masters of Venice, at The de Young Museum, San Francisco

  • In time, from the nature of his person and from the greatness of his mind, Giorgio came to be called Giorgione; and although he was born from very humble stock, nevertheless he was not otherwise than gentle and of good breeding throughout his whole life.

    Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects Vol. 04 (of 10), Filippino Lippi to Domenico Puligo

  • The figures, with their compactly built and rounded limbs, are such as Giorgione loved to model, the sweep of draperies and the splendid line indicate a consummate master, the idyllic landscape framing episodes from the life of Adonis is just such as we see in the Louvre picture and elsewhere, the glow and splendour of the whole reveal a master of tone and colouring.


  • The opulence of Rubens and the dignity of Titian are most happily combined with a delicacy and refinement such as Giorgione alone can impart.


  • To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, Castelfranco is now hosting "Giorgione," an exhibition of over 120 paintings, drawings, engravings, marbles, bronzes, books and manuscripts at the Casa Giorgione Museum, the house next door to the Duomo in the central square, which according to local tradition was the artist's parental home.

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  • The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.


  • He enjoyed prosperity and good health, and was called Giorgione “as well from the character of his person as for the exaltation of his mind.” [


  • Charles Hope concludes his review of Salvatore Settis 'Giorgione's Tempest': Interpreting the Hidden Subject [NYR, February 14]:

    Reading the 'Tempest'

  • "In Venice there is but one painting by Giorgione which is undoubtedly authentic.

    Barbara's Heritage Young Americans Among the Old Italian Masters


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