This is Francesco Bassano the Younger

By Gwylym Owen

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Francesco Bassano the Younger (January 26, 1549 – July 4, 1592), also called Francesco Giambattista da Ponte or Francesco da Ponte the Younger, was an Italian painter of the Renaissance period.

He was born at Bassano del Grappa close Venice, the eldest son of Jacopo Bassano and grandson of Francesco da Ponte the Elder. He studied in imitation of his dad and worked in the Bassano associates workshop along once his three brothers, including Giambattista, Girolamo, and Leandro Bassano.

Francesco moved to Venice, where he ran the branch of the relatives business. He was then commissioned to paint a series of historical pictures in the Doge’s Palace. He was prone to hypochondria, which exacerbated his further ailments, including possible depression. Soon after his father’s death in 1592, Francesco practicing suicide by throwing himself out of a window. His brother Leandro Bassano continued the relatives legacy of painting.

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