(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
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
Oil on canvas, 92,3 x 117,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Three Martyr Saints
Oil on canvas, 102 x 79 cm
Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on canvas, 139,5 x 219 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor
An Allegory of Fire
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