Palma Vecchio (?1480-1528) was a leading painter of the Italian Renaissance in Venice. As a contemporary of Titian, his short career unfolded at the beginning of the 16th century, the Golden Age of Venetian art which includes the work of Palladio, Tintoretto, Sansovino and Veronese. Like Giorgione and the young Titian, Palma participated in a crucial period of transition from an early to a high Renaissance pictorial style in Venice. Despite his high reputation, no book has ever before been published on Palma Vecchio. His paintings are famous for their sensual appeal: idealized saints in verdant landscapes, female nudes, beautiful and sensual women in half-length portraits, grandiose altar-pieces, and a rich, warm palette of vibrant colours. Dr Reynolds takes all the documentation into consideration, and the fully-illustrated catalogues establish a chronology and identify the autograph work. A sustantial text deals with the artist's work according to his characteristic subject-matter - altarpieces, madonnas and Saints, and portraits.