Portrait of a man by Jacopo Bassano

Portrait of a man by Jacopo Bassano

The portrait presented here refers to the late period of Bassano’s work. Until the 1570s he turned to the genre of the portrait extremely rarely, and generally treated him more than cool. Only in a very mature age Bassano felt a taste for the portrait. This his later work is marked by the explicit influence of Tintoretto, but comparatively with the portraits of the latter, it is more chamber, less calculated to impress the viewer.

Bassano focuses on the spiritual life of his characters and, unlike the Venetian portrait painters, does not pay too much attention to the details of their costumes. Another characteristic feature of the Bassano-portraitist: the desire for brevity. Discarding all that was superfluous, desperately saving graphic means, he created images amazing in integrity and completeness. Particularly interesting in this respect is his self-portrait.

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