In the mid 15th century, Venice was a thriving Republic, enjoying a healthy trade economy. Venice s prosperity allowed it to support the art and artists. The Republic was filled with decorative artists, architects, and traditional artist guilds. The area s location did not allow much outside influence, permitting the Venetian artists to develop their own style revolving around light and color.
In addition to an emphasis on light, Venetian painters also had a distinct smooth brushstrokes. The artists embraced oil painting for its durability, helping to increase the medium s popularity. The Venetian School was minorly influence by Mannerism, employing its vivid dramatic aspects rather than the emotion that characterizes mannerist art.
The Venetian school was comprised of Renaissance artists, particularly painters who employed aspects of light and color. Founders of the Venetian Schol were the Bellini and Vivarini famillies. Other significant artists inclued Andrea Mantegna, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, and Paolo Veronese.