Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)

Italian (Venetian)
Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte) The Adoration of the Kings Early 1540s


Born about 1510
Died 1592
Nationality Italian

Jacopo dal Ponte was named Bassano after his native town of Bassano del Grappa, near Venice. Born into a family of painters he received his initial training from his father and then studied in Venice. He became close friends with Tintoretto and Veronese. He returned to Bassano and ran the family workshop producing altarpieces, paintings of Biblical stories, some portraits and designs for a wide range of items including processional banners. He collected and made extensive use of prints as a resource for his compositions. Bassano favoured lively, crowded scenes full of naturalistic detail.