(b Venice, c.1460; d Venice, 1525/6). Venetian painter. His life is poorly documented, and it is not known with whom he trained, but it is generally agreed that the chief influence on his work was Gentile Bellini. This is especially evident in the first of the two great cycles of paintings that are his chief claim to fame—the scenes from the life of St Ursula, executed in the 1490s for the Scuola di S. Orsola and now in the Accademia, Venice. Carpaccio's salient characteristics—his taste for anecdote, and his eye for the crowded detail of the Venetian scene—found their happiest expression in these paintings, one of which, the Miracle of the Cross, looks forward to the 18th-century compositions of Canaletto and Guardi. His other great cycle, mainly on the lives of St George and St Jerome, painted for the Scuola di S.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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