(b Verona, 1487; d Venice, 19 Oct. 1553).
Italian painter, active for all his known career in Venice, where he based his style on Giorgione, Titian, and Palma Vecchio. There are few signed, dated, or documented works by him, but he appears to have run a busy studio whose output was varied in kind and variable in quality. Consequently he has become one of those artists whose names tend to be used as dustbins for dumping difficult attributions. Jacopo Bassano was briefly his assistant, and Schiavone and Tintoretto were possibly his pupils.