The Easel

Giorgione and the problem of attribution, with Charles Hope

A Royal Academy exhibition poses a Renaissance whodunnit. Giorgione was supposedly an influential Venetian artist of the period. A few ravishing paintings are, it is agreed, his; many more are seemingly attributed by guesswork. The linked video (5 min) shows how flimsy the historical narrative might be – “it is impossible to say how much influence he had … and what that influence might have involved.” A full review is here.