Bartolomeo Vivarini (1432 - 1499)

Bartolomeo or Bartolommeo Vivarini (c. 1432 – c. 1499) was an Italian painter, known to have worked from 1450 to 1499. He was a member of one of Venice’s famous families of artists. Both his brother Antonio Vivarini and Antonio’s son Alvise Vivarini were also painters. Antonio Vivarini seldom worked independently. He became prominent in Venetian painting c. 1440, producing many joint works with his brother-in-law Giovanni d'Alemagna. Antonio also often collaborated with his younger brother Bartolomeo, and until the death of Antonio’s son Alvise Vivarini. None of the three had much originality.

Because of the collective nature of much Vivarini workshop activity, connoisseurs have remained unusually confused about Antonio’s work, and attributions, particularly as regards his late work, are often misleading. Their pictures usually took the form of large-scale polyptychs with stiff, archaic-looking figures and very elaborate carved and gilded frames in the Gothic tradition. After Giovanni d’Alemagna’s death in 1450, Antonio probably continued to produce independent works; from c. 1460 he ran the workshop alone.

Bartolomeo Vivarini Paintings

Annunciation Christ Enthroned Conversano Polyptych Madonna and Child Madonna della Misericordia Madonna Enthroned Meeting of Anne and Joachim St Ambrose Polyptych St Lawrence the Martyr St Nicholas of Bari Sts Andrew and Nicholas of Bari Sts Dominic, Augustin, and Lawrence