Carpaccio, Vittore vēt-tô´rā kärpät´chō [key], c.1450–1522, Venetian painter, influenced by Gentile and Giovanni Bellini. His delightful narrative paintings reflect the pageantry of 15th-century Venice. They also offer a fanciful view of the Middle East, gained through contemporary drawings. His style is notable for its rich color, luminosity, and wealth of detail. Among his best paintings are the cycle depicting the life of St. Ursula, the St. George series, the Presentation in the Temple (all: Academy, Venice) scenes from the life of St. Stephen (Louvre Brera, Milan) Meditation on the Passion (Metropolitan Mus.) Saint Reading and other works (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.).
See T. Pignatti's Carpaccio (1958).
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