Born in Fuipiano, Cariani lived in Venice, with the exception of the time spent in Bergamo (C. 1518-1524, and perhaps approx. 1527-1532). In 1512-1532, Cariani be poetic samples Giorgione, not having experienced its influence to the end - fluid "tone" he contrasts the hardness characteristic of the Lombard painting, as evidenced by the painting "the lute player" (Strasbourg, Museum of fine arts) and "Concert" (new York, private collection). Color saturation, uniformity and vigor manners, a bold play of contrasts and deep psihologicheski characteristic of the art of Kariani. In "Portrait of the family of Albani" (1519, Bergamo, the congregation of Roncalli) clear and easy colors create a striking effect of expanding forms of. In Bergamo Cariani acquainted with the works of Lotto and more departs from the manner of Giorgione ("Altar of Sanhattan", Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera;"Madonna with saints", ibid.). In addition to paintings of genre and religious subjects ("Ascent to Calvary", Milan, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana), Cariani performed and pastoral and mythological compositions, allowing the artist to improve my landscape skills ("Young lady in landscape", Berlin-Dahlem, Museum). As a portraitist, he strives to give the most accurate characterization of the model ("Male portraits", Bergamo, Carrara Academy; Ottawa, NAT. Gal.; London, NAT. Gal.).