Classical Tradition and the Painting of Giovanni da Udine

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The aim of this paper is to present new literary evidence to understand the relationship between ancient Greek painting and some of the most important pictorial advances performed in the Roman Renaissance. In particular, I will focus on the classical tradition in the painting of Giovanni da Udine (1487-1564). For this purpose, I have used the testimony of George Turnbull (1698-1748). In one of his treatises, A Treatise on Ancient Painting (1740), he compares the painting of Pausias of Sicyon (IV century BC) and the Italian painter Giovanni da Udine. The observation and study of the Nero's Domus Aurea was a clear inspiration for Giovanni da Udine in his desire to create a painting all´antico. In addition, we discuss specifically the Loggia of Cardinal Bibbiena to see how the
classically inspired Giovanni da Udine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-28
Number of pages16
JournalRes Antiquitatis. Journal of Ancient History
Volume2nd series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe International Conference Sources to Study Antiquity: Between Texts and Material Culture - NOVA FCSH, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 9 May 201610 May 2016


  • Greek painting
  • Turnbull
  • Giovanni de Udine
  • Renaissance
  • Pausias


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