Family of Venetian painters. Antonio (c.1420–76/84) seldom worked independently. He collaborated first with his brother-in-law, the German-born Giovanni d'Alemagna (active 1441–50), and then from the 1450s with his own younger brother, Bartolomeo (c.1432–c.1499). The pictures produced by these partnerships are usually large polyptychs with stiff, archaic-looking figures and very elaborate carved and gilded frames in the Gothic tradition.
Bartolomeo's independent works date from the 1460s onwards. He continued to paint polyptychs, but he modernized his style somewhat by imitating Mantegna. Alvise (c.1445–1503/5), son of Antonio, is the best-known member of the family. He presumably trained in the family workshop, but his work was more modern in style than that of his father or uncle, influenced particularly by Giovanni Bellini. None of the Vivarini had much originality. There are examples of the work of all three in the National Gallery, London.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)