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Vittore Carpaccio - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Vittore Carpaccio (1455 - 1525)

Vittore Carpaccio was born in Venice to a family of fishermen and boat builders. He studied under Gentile Bellini and was the assistant to Bellini’s brother, Giovanni. Carpaccio favored large narrative scenes and panoramas, and also painted the occasional religious panels. Under consistent patronage, Carpaccio painted until his death in his distinctive style, despite the trendy influences of younger painters such as Titian. 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. 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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