Gentile Bellini

active about 1460; died 1507

Gentile was the son of Jacopo Bellini, and probably his pupil, and the elder brother of Giovanni Bellini. The earliest signed work is of 1464; his principal pictures were painted for the Sala del Gran Consiglio of the Doge's Palace in Venice, destroyed in 1577. In 1479 he was sent to Constantinople by the Venetian government to work for Sultan Mehmet II, whose portrait appears here. He remained there until 1481.

Gentile was a competent and meticulous painter, and ran the Bellini family workshop, but he was overshadowed by his more gifted and innovative brother Giovanni.