Mini Biography: Jacopo Bassano

Birth: 1510
Death: Feb. 14, 1592
Nationality: Italian
Movement: Mannerism
Bassano was born in Bassano del Grappa in Northern Italy and at some point took the town’s name as his own surname. He apprenticed with his father, the painter Francesco il Vecchio, but spent about a decade studying in Venice before returning to his hometown where he married, ran his workshop and spent the rest of his life. Bassano’s workshop would also eventually employ his four sons the painters: Francesco Bassano the Younger, Giovanni Battista da Ponte (Bassano), Leandro Bassano, and Girolamo da Ponte AKA Gerolamo Bassano. Bassano was one of the first painters to depict a nighttime landscape and was noted for including detailed landscape elements in his religious paintings. His last known, and unfinished, painting The Baptism of Christ is set at nighttime.
Some of his notable work includes: The Last Supper (1542), The Way to Calvary (1544-45), and Miraculous Draught of Fishes pictured below and used, digitally altered, as the header image.
Bassano, Jacopo. Miraculous Draught of Fishes (1545). National Gallery of Art
For more information on Bassano or to see more of his artwork visit:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The J. Paul Getty Museum
The National Gallery