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Between 1460 and 1465 Vettor Scarpaza/o was born in Venice, later called Carpaccio in modern times. He probably did his apprenticeship with Gentile Bellini, son of Jacopo and brother of Giovanni.

Among his first works appeared in 1490 the Two Venetian Ladies of the Correr Museum and the lower part of the Hunt in the Lagoon preserved at the John Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. The first painting was long considered a simple depiction of two courtesans; in reality they are two noble and rich ladies, portrayed together with a vast repertoire of symbols indicating matrimonial virtues and

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