Departure of the betrothed, Vittor Carpaccio, 1495

Departure of the betrothed, Vittor Carpaccio, 1495
Departure of the betrothed, Vittor Carpaccio, 1495 - 1

  • Posted by Vittor Carpaccio
  • Museum: Academy Gallery
  • Year: 1495

Overview of the painting :

Departure of the betrothed – Vittor Carpaccio. 1495. Oil on canvas. 280×611
   The largest canvas of the cycle of St. Ursula opens its possible customer. At the foot of the flagpole pillar dividing the composition according to the principle of the golden section, a sign with the inscription is clearly visible: “VICTORIS CARPATIO VENETIS, OPUS.” (“The work of Victor Carpaccio, the Venetian”) and date, and the center of the picture depicts a young fair-haired member of the company “Kla. In his hands is a tape with a dedication inscription and letters that are deciphered as the initials of Niccolo Loredan.

   What happens in a fantastic city and a fictional landscape still carries the emphasis of an ever-lasting Venetian holiday, the plot gave rise to that. The city was extremely concerned about the impression, and in the arsenal of its decoration “on occasion”, carpets became the main means. Therefore, the image of an important event in the life of a saint is quite extrapolated to the contemporary artist by specific Venetian impressions, demonstrating the “true visibility” of a representative of a generation firmly attached to the world of reality. Carpets can often be found in Venetian religious painting and even on portraits, where they carried a symbolic world-building function, hinting at bliss in the gardens of Eden. Of course, the decorative pattern of the carpets varied in pattern, the sophistication of elegant fabrics introduce a special note of festive solemnity into the composition and demonstrate the masterful possession of Carpaccio subtleties of the color, his joyful admiration for life.