The Venetian painter Giorgione was born in 1485 in the town of Castelfranco Veneto, just outside of Venice. Very little is known about this artist and no more than six paintings have been entirely attributed to him. He served his apprenticeship in the workshop of Giovanni Bellini and met Titian who was also apprenticed to Bellini.
Most of the information that we have about his life
comes from the writings of the art historian Giorgio Vasari. Vasari had a tendency
to embellish his accounts of the artist’s lives in his biographies. Given that
he was writing years after the fact, his waxing lyrical about the artist's
gentle manner, excellent lute playing and fine singing voice may have been
given more weight by Vasari’s exuberant style of writing.
What is clear is that Giorgione did acquire a reputation for
surpassing the work of Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, he did admire and learn
from Leonardo’s work (as suggested by Vasari). Venetian painting had evolved, it
now included new visions, with the landscape as subject matter in its own right.
One of the works definitely attributed to him is the "Madonna and Saints" of 1503.