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Vittore Carpaccio
Dates: Venetian, 1460 - 1526
Biographical Account:

Carpaccio was the son of a leather merchant and was trained by another Venetian artist, Gentile Bellini. He spent most of his career painting for religious institutions in Venice and in particular, for the various ‘scuoli’ or charitable confraternities and guilds within the city. He also worked on paintings to decorate the state apartments of the Doge’s Palace, alongside with Giovanni Bellini, Gentile’s brother who was a painter too.

 

Carpaccio’s paintings usually showed religious figures and events, and in particular stories from the lives of saints, but the architecture, pageantry and dress in the images reflect styles and customs of the time. They also reflect the multicultural nature of Venice as a trading city.

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