Giorgione (or Giorgio da Castelfranco, pseudonym of Giorgio Zorzi) was an important exponent of the Venetian school.
His is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of painting, he did not sign any works, not much is known about his life, his career did not last more than 15 years.
He left Castelfranco (TV) to go to Venice and start working in Giovanni Bellini's workshop, from him he learnt the use of colours and the blending of tones.
In 1502 he painted the Castelfranco Altarpiece for the family chapel of the knight Tuzio Costanzo (in Castelfranco Cathedral), which lends itself to an interesting symbolic interpretation.
A source of inspiration for numerous artists, such as Titian, Lorenzo Lotto, Goya, Velazquez and Manet, the 'Sleeping Venus' or 'Venus of Dresden' one of his most famous works.