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Giorgione (* 1477 in Castelfranco Veneto; † before 25 October 1510 in Venice) - full name Giorgio da Castelfranco, also Zorzo da Castelfranco - was an Italian Renaissance painter. He is known for the elusive poetic quality of his works, although only about six surviving paintings are securely attributed to him. The uncertainty about the identity and meaning of his works has made Giorgione one of the most mysterious figures in European art. Together with his younger contemporary Titian, he founded the Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting, which is characterised by the use of colour and mood. The school traditionally contrasts with Florentine painting, which is based on a more linear style influenced by disegno.

*1477-1510

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