Week 9 Painters, guilds & trade in Venice
March 4 2013
Vittore Carpaccio, Arrival of the English Ambassadors, from the cycle for the Scuola
of St. Ursula, ca. 1495, Venice, Accademia
Scuole=devotional confraternities. Scuola of St. Ursula; Legend of St. Ursula from the
Golden Legend by Jacopo da Varagine. Sacra rappresentazione=liturgical drama.
-During period in which Venice full of great artists late Bellini georgone & titian his career
overlaid with careers of outstanding artists. Alternative to sensual style georgoni and titian
developed and achieved. His alternative style is descriptive/eye witness style cuz he was
mainly interested in rendering Venetian arch. In his own tendencies the life of venetian ppl
framed w/in Venetian settings. Mainly worked for scuola in Venice confraternity of … small
confraternities had there own sites were ppl gathered to pray and do other … works of art
served purpose of display statues and importance of confraternity and to assist members in
there devotional works. Each confraternity was dedicated to a specific saint and a scuola of
St. Ursula was a British virgin in the last decade of 15th cent. Scuola of St. Ursula decided to
have oratory painted by Carpaccio. Full story abt female saint by Carpaccio who painted 9
canvases. Works are now in the academia museum in Venice don’t know how originally
distributed. The way Carpaccio rendered the religious subject is she was the doctor of an
English king and a young Christian girl who was suppose to marry pagan prince she agreed
under 3 conditions 1.he had to be converted to Christianity 2.she was allowed to visit Rome
to go on pilgrimage 3.she had to be accompanied to her pilgrimage in Rome by 11thousand
gurrs. Legend recounted in golden legend. Golden legend served as a platform for which he
based his paintings on. The cycle begins with English ambassadors since she was an English
Christian girl. Behind the narrative within Venetian architecture. Carpaccio used 3 diff
sources based his own rendering w monuments either on existing venetian monuments but
also used books abt the pilgrimage in new land and he also used the sacred
representacione –theatrical plays organized and set in Venice by several members of the
Scuole. Scene is divided up in three diff registers. Beginning from the right to the left.
Meeting btw Ursula and her father discussing within there own palace and outside is the
nurse waiting for her. The central scene is arrival of ambassadors of the prince meeting
with guys from British court. Setting staged in Venetian setting. Caravaggio was an artist
who never adapted but totally transformed and enriches his architecture not to make
Week 9 Painters, guilds & trade in Venice
recognizable and easy to identify. On the right is meeting within open-air laga with
ambassadors. Inside outside in a public square and on the right in open-air loga and in the
background we can recognize the lagoon and boat clear Venetian setting.
Both paintings by Carpaccio
Proposing comparison. First one three scenes paintings w Venetian background.
Carpaccio, Return of the Ambassadors, 1497, Venice, Accademia
Second meeting of the return of the ambassadors is instead staged in open air. Open loga
on the right in which all protagonists standing and seated dressed in Venetian
contemporary costumes there is also a beautiful… staged within a Venetian setting. To
downplay… Entire setting is an emacronism? Wanted to have there own city and
architecture painted in the back of these scenes.
Fra Carnevale, The Ideal City, ca. 1480-84, Baltimore, Walters Art Museum
Carpaccio used multiple sources to reinvent his architecture there are particularities that
allow us to recognize the Venetian setting, which is prescribed w/in city of Venice.
Vittore carpaccio, arrival of the english ambassadors, from the cycle for the scuola of st. ursula, ca. Scuola of st. ursula; legend of st. ursula from the. During period in which venice full of great artists late bellini georgone & titian his career overlaid with careers of outstanding artists. Alternative to sensual style georgoni and titian developed and achieved. His alternative style is descriptive/eye witness style cuz he was mainly interested in rendering venetian arch. In his own tendencies the life of venetian ppl framed w/in venetian settings. Each confraternity was dedicated to a specific saint and a scuola of. St. ursula was a british virgin in the last decade of 15th cent. Scuola of st. ursula decided to have oratory painted by carpaccio. Full story abt female saint by carpaccio who painted 9 canvases. Works are now in the academia museum in venice don"t know how originally distributed.