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Jacopo da Ponte, called Jacopo Bassano (Bassano del Grappa circa 1510-1592)
Jacopo da Ponte, called Jacopo Bassano (Bassano del Grappa circa 1510-1592)

Mater Dolorosa

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Jacopo da Ponte, called Jacopo Bassano (Bassano del Grappa circa 1510-1592)
Mater Dolorosa
oil on canvas
32 x 26½ in. (81.3 x 67.3 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 27 January 2006, lot 297 ($84,000).

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This moving image of the Mater Dolorosa owes much to Titian, in subject and format as well as in expressive technique. The picture is unique in Bassano's oeuvre in format and iconography, but Titian had painted variations on the theme of the Mater Dolorosa, also in half-length format, in the 1550s and '60s, and Bassano certainly knew the older artist's works.

Professor Alessandro Ballarin, to whom we are grateful, dates the painting to the final phase in the artist's career, c. 1580 (on the basis of photographs).

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