VITTORE CARPACCIO

Vittore Carpaccio painted "Miracle of the Relic of the True Cross at the Rialto Bridge" between 1494 and 1496, just prior to the time period of THE LAST MERMAN. Carpaccio has an important role in the story.

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Detail of Carpaccio painting "Miracle of the Relic of the True Cross at the Rialto Bridge"

This Black gondolier inspired a character in THE LAST MERMAN.

And note the image of the mermaid in the painting.

I didn't make that up.