Christ Driving the Money-changers from the Temple (About 1560 - 1590)

About this artwork

On entering the Temple in Jerusalem and finding it being used as a market place, Christ took up a whip and furiously drove out the traders and money-changers. Here Christ appears in the centre background, while the entire foreground of the painting is occupied by the traders and their wares Jacopo Bassano ran a very productive family workshop in his home town of Bassano del Grappa on the Venetian mainland, and it is often difficult, as here, to distinguish the hands of the various members of the studio. Several versions of this composition are known, the best of which, largely by Jacopo himself, is in the National Gallery, London.

  • title: Christ Driving the Money-changers from the Temple
  • accession number: NG 4
  • Workshop of: Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)Italian (about 1510 - 1592)
  • artist: Unknown
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1560 - 1590
  • measurements: 168.00 x 230.50 cm
  • credit line: Purchased by the RI 1826; transferred 1859
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)

Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)

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.