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Giorgione was born between 1477 and 1478 in Castelfranco Veneto, where he left two important work: the Fregio nella Casa Marta (now Giorgione's House museum), and the altarpiece in the Cathedral. Not much is known about his life and his youth training. In Venice he worked with Vincenzo Catena and he followed the know-how of Giovanni Bellini, he met the paintings of Leonardo, of Bosch and of Dürer.

He had the task of just two public commissions (and no one by religious entities): a canvas for the Doge's Palace and some frescos for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi.

In the early decades of the 16th century, his public success was achieved by painting celebrative works such as altarpieces and large public canvases.  Giorgione was more detached in his private sphere, with his isolated figures and complex allegorical style.


The current  layout of Casa Marta (now Museo Casa Giorgione) is the result of two operations to the original nucleus, that dated back to the 14th century; the first operation was at the end of the 15th century, the second one in 1831, when was demolished the West part of the main building of the structure because it was deemed unsafe.

In the second half of the 15th century, the earlier construction was renovated into a contemporary building that blended in with the open space of the orchard. Part of a window with a trilobate ogival arch still remains from the original structure.

The Gothic House is transformed into a residence of humanistic taste, decorated by a Giorgione's Frieze in the Central Hall of the noble floor.

In the second half of the 16th century, the adjacent room was frescoed with an elegant strip featuring spiralling plants, while the same technique was used to add Veronese-esque scenes to two smaller rooms.

Source: dott. Giacinto Cecchetto - Director of  Museo Casa Giorgione - Castelfranco Veneto
Photo: Giorgione "Madonna con Bambino e i santi Nicasio e Francesco (Pala di Castelfranco) - Duomo di Castelfranco Veneto


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