My adorable #Venetian #artist
great-grandfather I never knew, but whom I admire and honor today:
(ca. 1510 – 14 February 1592), known also as #JacopodalPonte
, was an #Italian #painter
who was born and died in #BassanodelGrappa
. 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. Bassano's pictures were very 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 closely in style and subject matter.
Today, Bassano is recognized as the author of some of the most astonishing as well as original #pictures
of the sixteenth century: works that combine an acute attention to naturalistic detail with elegantly choreographed figures and an interest in everyday activities. His night scenes broke new ground and were widely imitated (Annibale Carracci‘s small Burial of Christ [1998.188] in the #MetropolitanMuseum
was inspired by an altarpiece by Bassano in Padua). So did his #artistic
depictions of biblical scenes in a domestic mode, which are crucial to any history of genre painting. He was keenly attuned to the work of other artists and was quick to take up the most advanced ideas in #painting
. In other words, he embraced change and novelty as few others did while at the same time running an extremely profitable #art