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.


Supper at Emmaus

c. 1538
Oil on canvas, 235 x 250 cm
Sacristy, Parish Church, Cittadella



The Road to Calvary

Oil on slate, 46 x 42 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


The Road to Calvary

Oil on canvas, 94 x 114 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


Garden of Eden

Oil on canvas, 77 x 109 cm
Galleria Doria-Pamphili, Rome


The Last Supper

Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome

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