worthy as painting, and his fancy portraiture inspired Titian. With all that is lacking Palma ranks as an original master, though not of the first rank,1 with a large conception of nature and a rich humanity.
Giorgione was probably born in 1478 in or near Castelfranco, a pleasant town of the Venetian mainland, presided over by a castello, and not far from the little hill-town of Asolo, where Caterina Cornaro, after her withdrawal from Cyprus, held her petty Court. Aristocratic families, influential in the region, were the centre of the social life of Castelfranco. The boy, sensitive and gifted, shared more or less in the fêtes and varied interests that make the life of small provincial towns in Italy so delightful and so full of colour.
Venice, but a day's journey away, naturally drew anyone with aptitude for the artist's craft, and while Giorgione is still hardly____________________