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Vittore Carpaccio was born in Venice between 1450 and 1455. He was a painter whose contribution as painter-chronicler of Venice is outstanding. As a young man, he may have traveled to Dalmatia and the Near East. Thereafter it is easy to follow his career because of his fondness for painting dated 'cartellini' (little cards) on his canvasses. His stylistic outlook varied little throughout his career. His early style was without any doubt influenced by Gentile Bellini. He painted many scenes of local views; he was also interested in portraiture. He learned a sense of tonal color and of color harmonies from Giovanni Bellini and Antonello de Messina.
Carpaccio took much delight in the sights and sounds of Venice. In his lifetime, late 15th and early 16th century, his fortunes, and his reputation alternately waxed and waned. His output had been small compared with his contemporaries. Few artists ever paid such close attention of details, but the sum of the details rises far above mere realism. His paintings look as though they are something close to a dream. A master storyteller, Carpaccio recorded not only the facts but the atmosphere of each event. He died in Venice in 1525 or 1526.
Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
Phaidon Encyclopedia of Art and Artists