Art: Renaissance in Bassano

In the small (pop. 11,774) town of Bassano del Grappa, at the foot of the Venetian Alps, Italian art lovers were paying their respects last week to a long-neglected figure of the Renaissance. His name was Jacopo da Ponte, and he lived from about 1515 to 1592, painting frescoes and altar pieces for palazzi and churches. As "Jacopo Bassano," he was once ranked with such contemporary greats as Titian and Tintoretto. But by later generations his fame had clouded, and he was considered just a gifted but uneven craftsman of the Venetian School. The...

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