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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Departure of the Ambassadors (Partenza degli Ambasciatori) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Departure of the Ambassadors (Partenza degli Ambasciatori)
The Healing of the Madman (detail) - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Healing of the Madman (detail)
Martyrdom of the Pilgrims and the Funeral of St Ursula... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Martyrdom of the Pilgrims and the Funeral of St Ursula...
Dream of St. Ursula, 1495 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Dream of St. Ursula, 1495
Wooden Rialto Bridge, from the Miracle of the Relic... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Wooden Rialto Bridge, from the Miracle of the Relic...
St. Paul, 1520 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
St. Paul, 1520
Presentation of Mary in the Temple, oil on canvas,... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Presentation of Mary in the Temple, oil on canvas,...
The Lion of St Mark (detail 2) 1516 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Lion of St Mark (detail 2) 1516
The Return of the Ambassadors, from the St. Ursula... - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Return of the Ambassadors, from the St. Ursula...
Madonna and Blessing Child 1505-10 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
Madonna and Blessing Child 1505-10
St. Stephen Preaching - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
St. Stephen Preaching
The Arrival of the Pilgrims in Cologne 1490 - Vittore Carpaccio - www.vittorecarpaccio.org
The Arrival of the Pilgrims in Cologne 1490

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