VittoreCarpaccio was born around the year 1460 near Venice, Italy. They didn’t keepbirth records then, so this date is an estimate. Vittore knew from a very youngage that he wanted to be a painter when he was older. He couldn’t payattention in school because he was always drawing or sketching on his papers. Asa young man, Carpaccio was greatly influenced by two Venetian painters. Thesetwo painters were Gentile Bellini and Giovanni Bellini. Carpaccio was influencedgreatly by these artists, but he also admired the work of other artists of theVenitian art period. Carpaccio used four cycles of paintings; each of thesecycles was used to tell a story. However, only the first two of these cycleshave become well known. Carpaccio did the first of these cycles between 1490 and1495. This cycle consisted of nine large paintings. One of these paintings,named The Legend of Saint Ursula, is considered by most people to be his finestwork. Especially original is the painting Dream of Saint Ursula. Vittorecompleted the second cycle of his paintings between the years 1502 and 1507.
This cycle also consists of nine scenes. These scenes are mainly from the livesof Saint George and Saint Jerome. The two best known paintings of this cycle aretitled Saint George Slaying the Dragon and Saint Jerome in His Study. Even toughCarpaccio was greatly influenced by other artists of his time; he still had astyle that was different than everyone else. He seemed to use the colors black,red and brown more than other colors. He also put exotic animals or objects fromfaraway lands in many of his paintings. He also was very good with architectureand knew how to paint buildings so they looked real. Some of Vittore’s otherwidely known paintings include: “A Saint Reading” and “Virgin andChild.” Even though he isn’t as famous as some other artists are; Carpacciowas one of the greatest artists of the early Renaissance in Europe. He may notbe the greatest drawer ever, but that isn’t what makes him great. What makeshim great is how he uses color in his paintings. His colors are always brightand vivid, and his lighting effects are brilliant.
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