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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The Healing of the Madman (detail) c. 1496 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Healing of the Madman (detail) c. 1496
Return of the Ambassadors (Ritorno degli Ambasciatori) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Return of the Ambassadors (Ritorno degli Ambasciatori)
Vision of St. Augustine (detail of the dog) 1502-08 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Vision of St. Augustine (detail of the dog) 1502-08
Musical Angels from the Presentation of Christ in the... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Musical Angels from the Presentation of Christ in the...
The Annunciation - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Annunciation
Young Knight (Giovane Cavaliere) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Young Knight (Giovane Cavaliere)
Saint Peter Martyr - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Saint Peter Martyr
The Story of St. Ursula, the Repatriation of the English... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Story of St. Ursula, the Repatriation of the English...
St.Ursula taking leave of her father, c.1500 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
St.Ursula taking leave of her father, c.1500
The Arrival of the English Ambassadors, from the St... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Arrival of the English Ambassadors, from the St...
The Meditation on the Passion c. 1510 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Meditation on the Passion c. 1510
Gondoliers on the Grand Canal, detail from The Miracle... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Gondoliers on the Grand Canal, detail from The Miracle...

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