The High Renaissance





Jacopo Bassano
Jacopo Bassano

(b Bassano del Grappa, c. 1510; d Bassano del Grappa, 13 Feb 1592).

Son of Francesco Bassano il vecchio. He was apprenticed to his father, with whom he collaborated on the Nativity (1528; Valstagna, Vicenza, parish church). In the first half of the 1530s Jacopo trained in Venice with Bonifazio de’ Pitati, whose influence, with echoes of Titian, is evident in the Flight into Egypt (1534; Bassano del Grappa, Mus. Civ.). He continued to work in the family shop until his father’s death in 1539. His paintings from those years were mainly altarpieces for local churches; many show signs of collaboration. He also worked on public commissions, such as the three canvases on biblical subjects (1535–6; Bassano del Grappa, Mus. Civ.) for the Palazzo Communale, Bassano del Grappa, in which the narrative schemes learnt from Bonifazio are combined with a new naturalism. From 1535 he concentrated on fresco painting, executing, for example, the interior and exterior decoration (1536–7) of S Lucia di Tezze, Vicenza, which demonstrates the maturity of his technique.


The Way to Calvary

c. 1540
Oil on canvas, 145 x 133 cm
National Gallery, London



Madonna and Child with Saints

Oil on canvas, 191 x 134 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


The Three Magi

c. 1562
Oil on canvas, 92,3 x 117,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Three Martyr Saints

Oil on canvas, 102 x 79 cm
Private collection


Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on canvas, 139,5 x 219 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor


An Allegory of Fire

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