Leandro

Bassano

Artistic period 1601 to 1650

Nationality

Italian

Birth

1557 (Bassano del Grappa)

Death

1622 (Venezia)

Biography

Leandro Bassano (actually Leandro dal Ponte) (* June 26, 1557 in Bassano del Grappa; † April 15, 1622 in Venice) was an Italian painter and one of the four sons of Jacopo Bassano's family of painters.

He worked in his family's Venetian workshop under his elder brother Francesco Bassano the Younger, who headed the Venetian branch of the family. Francesco committed suicide a few months after his father's death. Leandro then took over the management of the workshop, and in Venice he emerged mainly as a portrait painter, comparing his portraits with those of Jacopo Tintoretto. Around 1595 he was ennobled by the Doge (after that he sometimes added 'Eques' to his signature). His works show a rich colourfulness and often contain rugged light effects. In the spirit of his father, he continued the earlier style of pronounced pictorial narration and proved himself to be a poetic signpost of rural idylls.