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c. 1460 – Birth of Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano younger son of Pietro a “cimatoro”, well-to-do sheep shearer who’d acquired land and houses in Conegliano. His older brother, Antonio, will continue the family business of weaving and investments in Conegliano.

1480 – Death of father. Cima known to be working in Venice as painter.

1486 – Record of payment of 32 ducats to magister Giovanni Battista pictor for banner for the tanners’ guild of Conegliano. Cima marries a local girl, Corona, from Conegliano around this time.

1487 – Second recorded commission for preacher Leonardo Sangiovanni canon of the Lateran for his family chapel in San Bartolomeo in Vicenza.

1492 – Commission for altarpiece for Santa Maria dei Battuti from “eminent painter permanently residing in Venice.” The painter accepts a lower fee than usual as a favor to his home town. Beginning of a long collaboration (until 1495) with the church of San Giovanni in Bragora in Venice.

1497 – Commission of altarpiece “Incredulity of St Thomas” for altar of Scuola de San Tommaso Apostolo in church of San Francesco at Portogruaro in Venice.

1498 – Birth of his second son Riccardo (later a Benedictine monk). After the death of his first wife Cima marries Maria, with whom he will have 3 daughters (Pellegrina, Corona, Petronilla) and three sons (Riccardo, Sebastiano, Luca).

1499 – Execution of altarpiece for the chapel of Saint George in Santa Maria della Carità in Venice.

1502 – Birth of Pellegrina. Works again for San Giovanni in Bragora, paints altarpiece of Sts Constantine and Helen. Wars on the continent induce his brother Antonio to move with his family to Venice around this time.

The two brothers remain very close.

1511 – Documents from painters’ guild in Venice prove Cima’s exalted position and influence among his colleagues.

1517 or 1518 – Death of Cima (mentioned in receipt for masses for salvation of his soul paid for by his son Pietro.)


1877 – The English art historian and critic John Ruskin “discovers” Cima. He is much impressed by the quality of the Saraceno dal Zio altapiece in the church of the Madonna dell’Orto in Venice. The National Gallery in London acquires 9 paintings by Cima between 1858 and 1938.

1891 – Don Vincenzo Botteon, curate of the church of St Martin in Conegliano is commissioned by the town hall to reorder local archives and old documents. This leads to the discovery of the first documents recording the life and work of Cima, a local painter only remembered though oral traditions.

1983 – Publication of first monograph of the painter by Peter Humfrey.

2010 – Major retrospective in Conegliano.


Predecessors and contemporaries in Venice:


Antonello da Messina 1430 – 1479

Gentile Bellini 1429 – 1507

Giovanni Bellini c. 1426 – 1516

Vittore Carpaccio 1460 – 1526

Alvise Vivarini 1446 – c. 1502

Giorgione 1477 – 1510

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