Italian, 15th – 16th century, male.
Born c. 1429, in Venice; died February 1507, in Venice.
Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects, portraits.
Gentile was likely the oldest son of the painter Jacopo Bellini, who named him after his own master, Gentile da Fabriano. Gentile executed his earliest works when he was a member of his father’s workshop. Gentile and his brother Giovanni probably worked with their father on an altarpiece for the Gattamelata Chapel in the Santo in Padua (1460, lost) and on narrative canvases of the Old Testament for the Scuola di S Giovanni Evangelista and of the Life of Moses for the Scuola di S Marco, in 1466. Early on, Gentile seems to have made a name for himself as a portrait painter. The first independent work bearing Gentile’s name is a large tempera painting, dated 1465, showing ...