Vittore Carpaccio, a Venetian painter, born probably in Istria, died subsequently to 1519. He was a pupil and follower of Giovanni and Gentile Bellini of Venice, and in several of his efforts even surpassed the latter master. His best works belong to the period immediately succeeding 1490, when he painted for the school of Sant' Ursula in Venice nine pictures illustrating scenes in the life of St. Ursula, which are now in the academy of Venice. Another fine work was a "Presentation of Christ in the Temple," painted for the church of San Giobbe. He was an industrious and successful painter till 1515, when, owing to age or debility, his powers began rapidly to decline. He was fertile in invention, a master of perspective, and earnestly impulsive in the conception and rendering of movement. Hence he preferred scenes of life and action, into which he could introduce ordinary objects and incidents, to purely religious subjects. He was an indifferent colorist. Such of his pictures as remain in Venice are more or less injured by damp and efforts to repair them.
Fine specimens by him are in the galleries of Milan and Berlin and the Louvre.