Portrait - Vittore Carpaccio
Portrait

Vittore Carpaccio (c. 1460 - 1525/1526) was an Italian painter of the Venetian school, who studied under Gentile Bellini. He is best known for a cycle of nine paintings, The Legend of Saint Ursula. His style was somewhat conservative, showing little influence from the Humanist trends that transformed Italian Renaissance painting during his lifetime. He was influenced by the style of Antonello da Messina and Early Netherlandish art.

For this reason, and also because so much of his best work remains in Venice, his art has been rather neglected by comparison with other Venetian contemporaries, such as Giovanni Bellini or Giorgione. He is perhaps known best for his large urban scenes, such as that the painting showing a miraculous healing at the Rialto Bridge (at right). These canvases offer some of the best impressions of the Venice at the height of its power and wealth, illustrating the strong sense of the civic pride among its citizens. In other paintings he demonstrates a sense of fantasy that seems to look back to medieval romance, rather than sharing in the pastoral vision of the next generation.


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Presentation of Jesus in the Temple 1510 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple 1510
Sacra Conversazione, c.1500 (detail) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Sacra Conversazione, c.1500 (detail)
Vision of St. Augustine, 1502-08 (detail) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Vision of St. Augustine, 1502-08 (detail)
The Pilgrims Meet the Pope (detail) c. 1492 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Pilgrims Meet the Pope (detail) c. 1492
The Daughter of of Emperor Gordian is Exorcised by... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Daughter of of Emperor Gordian is Exorcised by...
Life of St. Stephen: St. Stephen Disputing (Storie... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Life of St. Stephen: St. Stephen Disputing (Storie...
St George and the Dragon [detail: 1] - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
St George and the Dragon [detail: 1]
The Birth of the Virgin, detail of servants in the... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Birth of the Virgin, detail of servants in the...
Burial of St. Jerome, 1507-09 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Burial of St. Jerome, 1507-09
Debate of St. Stephen (detail of background) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Debate of St. Stephen (detail of background)
Apotheosis of St Ursula 1491 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Apotheosis of St Ursula 1491
St George and the Dragon 1502 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
St George and the Dragon 1502

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