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The Way to Calvary Jacopo Bassano


Jacopo Bassano Bassano, ca. 1510 – Bassano, 1592

Culture Italian
Date ca. 1552
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

94 × 114 cm

Inventory number 5879
Collection Old Master Paintings
On view Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1250-1600, Gallery XXIV

This highly important masterpiece shows not only Bassano himself, but Venetian painting in general at its most Mannerist. During the 1550s, Bassano was highly responsive to the work of Tuscan Mannerists as well as Parmigianino and Pontormo. Characterized by elongated figures, exaggerated emotional intensity, an extremely dynamic sense of movement, and a serried mass of several figures moving rhythmically in a shallow space as in a frieze, the painting is shocking and disturbing, and entirely anti-classical in its spirit.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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