Samuel H. Kress Collection
Zorzi da Castelfranco, better known as Giorgione (Italian for “tall George"), was one of the most influential Venetian painters of the High Renaissance. Though not much is known about his personal life, Giorgione studied under Giovanni Bellini in Venice, which left a lasting influence in his work. Though he completed many paintings with mythological and historical subjects, Giorgione was most influential as a portrait painter, able to capture the subtle and refined expressions of his sitters with skillful modeling and color application. Giorgione left many artworks incomplete at the time of his early death, which were finished by his students Sebastiano del Piombo and Titian.
Italian, 1477/1478 - 1510, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, based in Venice, Italy