Two Women/ "Two Courtesans" (1510)
Oil on wood
Museo Civico Correr, Venice
A 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. After two major commissions, Carpaccio's career declined, his work seeming
old-fashioned, and he remained virtually forgotten until Ruskin revived his reputation in the 19th century. He is now rated
as second only to Giovanni Bellini as the outstanding Venetian painter of his generation.