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Family of Venetian painters, including Jacopo (1400?-1470?), most of whose works have been lost, and his two sons, Gentile (1429?-1507) and Giovanni (1430?-1516). Giovanni, the most illustrious of the three, profoundly influenced the Venetian school of painting with his interest in light and color. His works include Saint Francis in Ecstasy.


(bə-lē′nē) or Bel·li·ni (bə-lē′nē)
n. pl. bel·li·nis or Bel·li·nis
A cocktail made of champagne or sparkling wine, sugar, and puréed fruit, often peaches or strawberries.

[After Giovanni Bellini (from the fact that the color of the drink reminded its inventor of a color used in one of Bellini's paintings).]
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(Italian belˈlini)
1. (Biography) Giovanni (dʒoˈvanni). ?1430–1516, Italian painter of the Venetian school, noted for his altarpieces, landscapes, and Madonnas. His father Jacopo (?1400–70) and his brother Gentile (?1429–1507) were also painters
2. (Biography) Vincenzo (vinˈtʃɛntso). 1801–35, Italian composer of operas, esp La Sonnambula (1831) and Norma (1831)


(Cooking) a cocktail consisting of Prosecco and peach purée
[C20: named after Giovanni Bellini, because the drink's pink colour resembles one used in one of the artist's paintings]
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(bəˈli ni)
a cocktail made with sparkling wine and peach purée.
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Gentile Bellini, who was firmly put in his place by Turnberry Isle in a Naas maiden in November, won a Cork maiden next time and is rated 91, while the third, Hazran, has subsequently finished second in maidens at Naas and the Curragh.
Mark in Egypt' by Gentile Bellini and Giovanni Bellini, 1504-1507.
In 1907, Gardner acquired Gentile Bellini's The Seated Scribe with the help of society portraitist Anders Zorn, causing Berenson to seethe with envy.
The painting is of the same period and context as the portrait of Mehmet Fatih (The Conqueror), by the School of Gentile Bellini, in the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.
His childhood notes written in Turkish using Arabic script and a letter he wrote to the Italian painter Gentile Bellini inviting him from Venice are displayed alongside a 13th-century copy of Homer's Iliad in Greek, one of the seven languages Mehmet knew.
The actual Ushak carpet that appears at the feet of the Virgin Mary in a painting by Gentile Bellini is present in the Sforza Castle exhibition, along with a reproduction of the Bellini painting, and provides a memorable experience for admirers of Italian art.
Gentile Bellini's work at the court of Mehmet II and the exotic eastern portrayals in the canvases of Bellini, Carpaccio, and Mansueti are all given due consideration in this memorable tableaux of Venice's hybrid artistic character.
The thirty-five year period from 1453 to 1489, beginning with the Turkish conquest of Constantinople and culminating in a remarkable portrait of Mehmet II painted by Gentile Bellini, proved to be pivotal for two empires, the Ottoman and the Venetian.
Gentile Bellini (active about 1460, died 1507) was considered Venice's most prestigious painter during his lifetime and between 1479-81 was sent by the Venetian Senate on a diplomatic mission to work for the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II.