Vittore Carpaccio

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Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice

Peter Humfrey; With contributions by Andrea Bellieni, Linda Borean, Joanna Dunn, Deborah Howard, Sara Menato, Susannah Rutherglen, and Catherine Whistler

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An authoritative and comprehensive celebration of the life and work of one of the most prominent artists of the Venetian Renaissance

Meticulously researched and luxuriously illustrated, this volume offers a comprehensive view of Vittore Carpaccio (c. 1460–1526), whose work has been admired for centuries for its fantastical settings enriched with contemporary incident and detail. Capturing the sanctity and splendor of Venice at the turn of the 16th century, when the city controlled a vast maritime empire, Carpaccio combined careful observation of the urban environment with a taste for the poetic in his beloved narrative cycles and altarpieces.
Providing a new lens through which to understand Carpaccio’s work, a team of distinguished scholars explores various aspects of his art, including his achievement as a draftsman. In addition to emphasizing the artist’s innovative techniques and contributions to the development of Venetian Renaissance painting, this study includes an in-depth consideration of the fluctuations in the reception of Carpaccio’s work in the five hundred years since the artist’s death.

Peter Humfrey is professor emeritus of art history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His previous publications include The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian.


National Gallery of Art, Washington
(November 20, 2022–February 12, 2023)

Palazzo Ducale, Venice
(March 18–June 18, 2023)
ISBN: 9780300254471
Publication Date: November 8, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington
352 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/2
301 color illus.
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