The Tempest, one of the most enigmatic paintings in the whole art history, created by a master who was one of the initiators of the Venetian school during the High Renaissance even if he died just in his thirties: Giorgione.
Giorgione is considered one of the most talented Venetian artists, even if nothing is really known about his personal life and origins.
What we know about him is, again, from Giorgio Vasari and his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects and a few other documents that scholars discovered. It seems that Giorgione was born in the small town of Castelfranco Veneto, 40 km inland from Venice in 1477–78 or 1473–74. It’s not even clear when he moved to Venice. However, stylistic evidence supports the theory that he apprenticed under Giovanni Bellini: another great Renaissance artist.