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After a long period characterized by the domination of Byzantine art, in Venice from the fourteenth century onwards it was possible to witness a gradual approach to Western art, developing what would later become the peculiar Venetian painting.

In this sense, the turning point was given by many parties. The reorganization of the Palazzo Ducale in the early fifteenth century brought together "foreign" artists who gave a significant boost (PisanelloMichelino da Besozzo and Gentile da Fabriano). Likewise, thanks to its fundamental commercial exchanges with northern Europe, Venice also received a great boost from Flemish artists (to remember are mainly the two trips of Albrecht Dürer to the lagoon, even if at the beginning of the 16th century).

What can be defined as the first artist of Venetian painting is certainly Paolo Veneziano, who combined the old Byzantine models with the new Gothic themes.

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