Venice played an important role in the rise of Renaissance art in Italy, which later spread to the rest of Europe and ultimately the rise of Western art as we know it. Venice produced some key Italian Renaissance artists such as Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. Venetian paintings were culturally bold and ambitious for the time, and renaissance art in Venice was encouraged.
In contrast, Venice had fairly conservative political rule and its architecture also was not as innovative as it’s oil paintings. Much of the Venetian buildings of the Renaissance period used architects from nearby regions of Italy rather than the province itself.
Venice was aided by its stable rule which allowed the economy to grow, and from this the art had fallow grounds and plenty of commissions awaiting those who produced the best paintings from the Venice schools of painting. Indeed, Venice’s strength led to the stretching of its control overseas including parts of the Adriatic coast to expand on the Veneto empire.
Venice joins Florence as key elements of the rise of Renaissance painting and takes it’s place in the history of art as a big player. Whilst Italian contemporary art finds it’s place, most key Italian cities are still remembered most for their contribution to this era of art. Whilst Venice was second to Florence in creating Renaissance art, it has over the years added plenty of styles from the era into it’s architecture and paintings collections to be able to call itself a true Renaissance city in it’s own right.