Palma il Vecchio

The Life of Palma il Vecchio

He was born in Serina, Italy, in about 1480. Palma il Vecchio spent most of his time in Venice, Italy where in 1528 he died.

Education and Lifestyle

Vecchio went to school at The Bergamo school of painting near his home town of Serina.

Palma il Vecchio spent most of his adult life in Venice, Italy mentoring great artists like, Titian, and Giorgione. He also Vecchio was the joined many other artists like Giovanni Bellini and Vittore Carpaccio, who devoted all of their time to making work at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bergamo.

Patron and Paintings

Palma's patron was Francesco Priuli, Priuli gave Vecchio the money to make works of art like, The Raising of The Lazarus, Bathing Nymphs, and Visitation.

The "Isms" of Vecchio

One ¨ism¨ that is closely linked to Palma il Vecchio is humanism because most of his works focus on humans. A second ¨ism¨ that is closely related is naturalism because Vecchio painted with oil paints, which are associated with naturalism. A third ¨ism¨ is perspectivism because the paintings have figures that almost look 3D and are all different sizes.


The Raising of the Lazarus

In 1514 Palma created The raising of the Lazarus. In this painting many people are standing around Jesus. Jesus is bringing Lazarus of Bethany back to life. All of the watchers stare amazed at what is happening. Some of Jesus’s helpers hlp Lazarus out of his coffin. Then he starts to stand up and opens his eyes. This is after he was buried 4 days prior to his rebirth.
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Location and Books/Movies

Philadelphia Museum of Art This is not published in any books but there is a horror movie called the Lazarus Effect. This movie is about a person being brought back from the dead just like Jesus did to Lazarus.

The "Isms" of Lazarus

Humanism is linked to this piece because the painting is centered around humans. Naturalism is also linked to this painting because the artwork was painted using oil paints. Finally the painting links idealism because it has the image of a perfect world where people can be brought back from the dead.

The significance of The Painting

He related his painting to religion which is an old technique. He did this using oil paints. He made this painting to show how.

Why I liked It

I find it interesting how Jesus can perform such an impossible miracle by bringing someone that has been dead for 4 days back to life.

Work Cited

Morris, Roderick Conway. "Venetian Master Finally Gets His Own Show." New York Times 15 May 2015: NA(L). Biography in Context. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.


Portrait of Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (Old or Old. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 Dec 2015. http://quest.eb.com/search/134_1738972/1/134_1738972/cite


Indresent. "Raising of Lazarus." Wikapedia. Wikimedia, 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.


Vecchio, Palma, Visitation. 1510 University of California, San Diego.


Vecchio, Palma, The Raising of The Lazarus. 1514. Oil on panel. Philadelphia Museum of Art


Vecchio, Palma, Assumption of the Virgin. 1513. Oil on wood.


Vecchio, Palma, The Triumph of Caesar. 1510. Oil on wood. Lowe Art Museum, Univertity of Miami, Corlal Gables, FL


Vecchio, Palma, Resurrection of christ with Saints Philip and James Major. 1520. Oil on panel.