Vittore Carpaccio

(redirected from Vittorio Carpaccio)

Carpaccio, Vittore

Carpaccio, Vittore (vēt-tôˈrā kärpätˈchō), 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).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2022, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Carpaccio, Vittore


Born circa 1455 or 1465, in Venice; died circa 1526, in Capodistria (?), present-day Koper, Slovenia. Italian painter of the early Renaissance; representative of the Venetian school.

Carpaccio, a student of Gentile Bellini, was influenced by Antonello da Messina and Giovanni Bellini. He painted series from the lives of St. Ursula (1490–95, Academy, Venice) and of St. George and St. Jerome (1502–07, Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Venice). In these paintings, legendary holy events are treated like real scenes contemporaneous with the artist’s life. Carpaccio depicted interiors and urban landscapes in these works. He combined his fascination with narration and the poetic freshness of everyday details with his aspiration to create an integral and colorful picture of the world. He subtly re-created the ambience of space, light, and air to soften the sonority of local color. Thus, Carpaccio anticipated the painting discoveries of the 16th-century Venetian masters.


Lauts, J. Carpaccio: Painting and Drawings. New York, 1962.
Zampetti, P. Vittore Carpaccio: Catalogo della mostra. Venice, 1963.
Uopera completa del Carpaccio. Milan [1967].


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
(8) La obsesion de su protagonista, Victor Scarpazo, estudiante de arte, es encontrar un autorretrato del pintor cuatrocentista italiano Vittorio Carpaccio camuflado entre la multitud de figuras que pueblan la serie de ocho grandes telas titulada La leyenda de Santa Ursula, que el artista pinto para la capilla de la Scuola di Sant'Orsola, en Venecia.
Brown, 1981, 24ff; idem, 1970, 120ff), Francesco II also had contact in 1511 with Vittorio Carpaccio concerning a depiction of the city of Jerusalem (Brown, 1984, 33) and in 1518 with Sodoma regarding a substitute for the Lucretia originally intended for him (Bertolotti, 1885, 151-52).