Jacopo Bassano: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Jacopo Bassano (c. 1510 – 14 February 1592), known plus as Jacopo dal Ponte, was an Italian painter who was born and died in Bassano del Grappa close Venice, and took the village as his surname. Trained in the workshop of his father, Francesco the Elder, and studying under Bonifazio Veronese in Venice, he painted mostly religious paintings including landscape and genre scenes. He often treated biblical themes taking into consideration rural genre scenes, portraying people who look like local peasants and depicting animals with real interest. Bassano’s pictures were completely popular in Venice because of their depiction of animals and nocturnal scenes. His four sons: Francesco Bassano the Younger, Giovanni Battista da Ponte, Leandro Bassano, and Girolamo da Ponte, also became artists and followed him contiguously in style and subject matter.

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