JACOPO da Ponte suffered an unhappy fate. He painted in Venice at the same time as Titian and Tintoretto. It was enough to depress even the most talented artist, and 16th century Venetian dandies did not help matters by sneering that Jacopo was "full of provincial sap." Jacopo despondently returned to his nearby native town, whose name, Bassano, became his own because he rarely signed his work, and when he did. merely brushed the modest words. "Jack, by the bridge at Bassano."

This year, after almost four centuries of neglect, Jacopo Bassano is getting...

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