Who is Marco Antonio Bassetti?

By Gwylym Owen

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Marco Antonio Bassetti (1586–1630) was an Italian painter.

He was born in Verona, and was a pupil of Felice Ricci. He subsequently went to Venice where he was particularly influenced by the works of Tintoretto, Veronese and Jacopo Bassano. He is known to have been in Rome in 1616, and may have arrived there two years earlier. In Rome he came below the pretend to have of the paintings of Caravaggio and Orazio Borgianni.

On his compensation to Verona he painted a St. Peter and Saints for the church of San Tomaso and a Coronation of the Virgin for Sant’ Anastasia. He died from the plague in Verona in 1630. Among his pupils were Fra Semplice and Paolo Massimo.

His Dead Christ supported by the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene (c. 1616), painted on slate, is in the addition of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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