Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo da Ponte) (1510s-1592) was an Italian painter, the most celebrated member of a family of artists who took their name from the small town of Bassano, near Venice.

Apart from a period in the 1530s when he trained with Bonifazio Veronese in Venice, Jacopo worked in Bassano all his life. His father, Francesco the Elder (circa 1475-1539), was a village painter and Jacopo always retained something of the peasant artist, even though the influence of, for example, the fashionable etchings of Parmigianino is evident in his work.

He treated biblical themes in the manner of rustic genre scenes, using genuine country types and portraying animals with real interest. He helped to develop the taste for paintings in which the genre or still-life element assumes greater importance than the ostensible religious subject. From around 1560 his work became vested with a more exaggerated search for novel effects of light, taking on something of the iridescent coloring of Tintoretto.

Bassano had four painter sons who continued his style: Francesco the Younger (1549-92), Gerolamo (1566-1621), Giovanni Battista (1553-1613), and Leandro (1557-1622). Francesco and Leandro acquired some distinction and popularity working in Venice. The work of the family is well represented in the Museo Civico at Bassano.


"Self-portrait" Oil on canvas, 80 x 72 cm - 31.5 x 28.3 in. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

"Portrait of a Cardinal" (1545) Oil on canvas, 57.5 x 45.5 cm - 22.6 x 17.9 in.

"The Way to Calvary" (1540) Oil on canvas, 145 x 133 cm - 57 x 52 1/4 in. National Gallery, London, England.

"Garden of Eden" (1570-1573) Oil on canvas, 85 x 125 cm - 33 3/8 x 49 1/8 in. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims, France.

"Station of the Cross"

"The Last Supper" (1542) Oil on canvas. Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy.

"The Adoration of the Magi" (circa 1560-65) Oil on canvas, 92.3 x 117.5 cm - 36 1/4 x 46 1/4 in. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.


"Adoration of the Shepherds" (1544-1545) Oil on canvas, 139.5 x 219 cm - 54 7/8 x 86 1/8 in. Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, London, UK.

"The Purification of the Temple" Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK.

"St Valentine Baptizing St Lucilla" (1575) Oil on canvas. Museo Civico, Bologna, Italy.

Text source: 'Webmuseum' (www.ibiblio.org/wm).

Related Artists: Parmigianino &


Related Terms: Genre Painting, Still-life, Etching.


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