Art: Carpaccio at the Palace

Great are the master painters produced by Venice, but none of them, neither Titian nor Tintoretto, Giorgione nor even Francesco Guardi, to judge from their work, took so much delight in the sights and sounds of that city as did Vittore Carpaccio. He obviously loved Venice's busy canals, its processions and pageantry, its fairy-tale architecture—almost every aspect of the place, in fact, down to the brightness of its gondoliers' jerkins and the workmanship of a beautifully wrought bolt on a door. Last week Venice returned the compliment by opening in the Doge's Palace...

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