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Portrait of Jacopo Bassano
Bassano, Leandro
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Bassano, Leandro

Bassano del Grappa, Veneto (Italy), 1557 - Venice (Italy), 1622

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Portrait of Jacopo Bassano

First quarter of the XVII century. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

Although in 1660 Boschini mentioned a Self-Portrait of Jacopo Bassano in the Aromatario collection in Venice, the only surviving versions are replicas attributed to Leandro. The Prado work is identical to the one housed at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence (inv. 1.825; at times attributed to Francesco); there is a third known version that is very similar to the first two but of greater iconographic interest, since it shows the painter with his palette, paintbrushes and other instruments of his profession (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, n. 282). The Madrid and Vienna versions portray the official image of Jacopo, which was engraved by Giacomo Piccini and included by Carlo Ridolfi to illustrate the biography of the painter in Le Maraviglie dell´arte (Venice, 1648). This elderly Jacopo, with a white beard, fur-lined coat and black headdress, so obviously resembles Titian in his final years that the question arises as to whether he did not deliberately imitate the image of the most celebrated Venetian painter of his time. The hypothesis that this work was one of a supposed series of portraits of painters that hung in the Galería del Mediodía of the Alcázar in Madrid in the middle of the 17th century is unfounded, as neither can the other sitters be positively identified with Veronese (Prado, P378), Marietta Robusti (Prado, P384), Paris Bordone (Prado, P32) and Palma el Joven (Prado, P375), nor were they recognised as such in the 1666, 1686 and 1700 inventories (Text drawn from Falomir, M.: Los Bassano en la España del Siglo de Oro, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2001, p. 247).

Technical data

Inventory number
Bassano, Leandro
Portrait of Jacopo Bassano
First quarter of the XVII century
Height: 64 cm; Width: 50 cm
Royal Collection (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, pinturas modernas, 1747, nº 213).

Bibliography +

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura italiana del S. XVII en España, Universidad Fundación Valdecilla, Madrid, 1965.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: pintura italiana anterior a 1600, Gredos, Madrid, 1979, pp. 228.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 33.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, Tiziano y la monarquía hispánica: usos y funciones de la pintura veneciana en España (siglos XVI y XVII), Nerea, Madrid, 1994, pp. 302, n. 144.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, De Tiziano a Bassano. Maestros Venecianos del Museo de Prado, Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, 1997, pp. 88, nº12.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Los Bassano en la España del Siglo de Oro, Museo Nacional del Prado, Salamanca, 2001, pp. 159.

Ruíz Manero, J. M., Los Bassano en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 2011, pp. 196-198 n.13L, il XXXVII.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 841.
Bassano (Jacobo) / 841. Retrato del autor. / Tiene un forro negro en la cabeza y un balandran pardo. (busto.) / Alto 2 pies, 3 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 1 pie, 9 pulg, 6 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 841.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 36.

Inv. Felipe V, Palacio Nuevo, 1747. Núm. 213.
PINTURAS MODERNAS / Como entradas y fabricadas en el Reynado del Señor don Phelipe quinto que esta en Gloria [...] {10903} 213 / Vna caueza con vna gorrilla negra al parezer veneciana de tres quartas de caida y media vara de ancho original de Tintoreto en mil reales de vellon

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower left corner

Exhibitions +

Pintura veneciana del siglo XVI de las colecciones del Museo del Prado
04.12.1997 - 08.02.1998

Update date: 11-04-2022 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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