Francesco Bassano the Younger

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Summer, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (1570-1580).
Adoration of the Shephards

Francesco Bassano the Younger (January 26, 1549 – July 4, 1592), also called Francesco Giambattista da Ponte or Francesco da Ponte the Younger, was an Italian painter of the Renaissance period.

He was born at Bassano del Grappa near Venice, the eldest son of Jacopo Bassano and grandson of Francesco da Ponte the Elder. He studied with his father and worked in the Bassano family workshop along with his three brothers, including Giambattista and Girolamo. He moved to Venice where he ran the branch of the family business, and where he was employed to paint a series of historical pictures in the Doge's Palace. He was prone to hypochondria, which exasperated his other ailments and he committed suicide by throwing himself out of a window soon after his father's death in 1592. His third brother Leandro Bassano continued the family legacy of painting.

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  • Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. pp. 307–308. 
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