(b Bassano [now Bassano del Grappa], c.1515; d Bassano, 13 Feb. 1592). Italian painter, the most celebrated member of a family of artists who took their name from the small town of Bassano, about 65 km (40 miles) north-west of Venice. Jacopo is regarded as a member of the Venetian School and among his contemporaries is ranked inferior only to the great triumvirate of Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. However, apart from a period in the 1530s when he worked with Bonifazio Veronese, he was not resident in Venice itself: he lived almost all his life in his native town, where he was easily the leading artist of the day, producing a large and varied output of pictures. Although he painted only a handful of pictures for churches or other public buildings in Venice, his work was popular with private collectors there.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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