About this artwork

The design of the Virgin and Child is based directly on Jacopo Bassano's 'Podesta Moro before the Madonna' in the Museo Civico, Bassano del Grappa. This picture was acquired as by Leandro Bassano, and was catalogued under this name until 1957 when it was recognised as a later imitation of Jacopo Bassano's style.

  • title: Saint Francis Kneeling before the Virgin and Child
  • accession number: NG 1636
  • After: Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo dal Ponte)Italian (about 1510 - 1592)
  • artist: Unknown
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: probably 17th century
  • measurements: 35.50 x 30.20 cm
  • credit line: Bequest of Sir Claude Phillips 1924

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.