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Two Ladies

Vittore Carpaccio, Two venetian ladies (Le Cortigiane), 1490-1495 circa, Oil on table, 94.5 x 63.5 cm, Venice, Correr Museum | © MUVE - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia

Among the best-known and most celebrated artworks of Carpaccio, Two Ladies was painted between 1490 and 1495.
The painting has often been identified as the portrait of two courtesans. Actually, it depicts two venetian ladies, perhaps of the Preli family (their stem is on the vase), waiting for the return of their husbands from the hunt who were originally depicted in the upper part of the painting, today at the Getty Museum of Malibù.

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