Jacopo Bassano (1515–1592): Sleeping Shepherd c. 1568. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. Szépművészeti Múzeum/ Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest,2023.


The Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Finland is set to host a landmark exhibition titled "Jacopo Bassano – Venetian Renaissance Master" from September 12, 2024, to January 12, 2025. This event marks the first time that the works of Jacopo Bassano, a prominent figure in the Venetian Renaissance, are being showcased in Europe outside Italy.

Jacopo Bassano (c. 1515–1592) is celebrated for his mastery of light and color, standing alongside renowned artists such as Titian, Jacopo Tintoretto, and Paolo Veronese.

The Sinebrychoff Art Museum's exhibition, resulting from over four years of preparation and extensive international collaboration, offers a unique glimpse into the oeuvre of this innovative artist.

"We are thrilled to present a wide array of works from one of the Venetian Renaissance's most pivotal painters. This exhibition represents a major undertaking for our museum and a rare opportunity for art enthusiasts," comments Kirsi Eskelinen, the museum's director.

The exhibition will feature 34 works, including two of Jacopo's paintings from the museum's collection: "The Virgin and Child with John the Baptist and St Anthony the Abbot" and "John the Baptist Picking Flowers for his Parents". These works reflect both his private commissions and public altar paintings.

Jacopo Bassano operated in a workshop founded by his father, Francesco il Vecchio, in Bassano del Grappa. Post his father's demise in 1539, Jacopo expanded the workshop's success, catering to a diverse clientele. His legacy extended through his sons, who continued the family tradition in the art world.

The exhibition not only showcases Jacopo as a virtuoso of pastoral biblical scenes but also highlights his unique portrayal of animals, often as central figures in his works. Key pieces on display include "Saint Jerome Meditating" from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, "The Adoration of the Magi" from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and "The Sleeping Shepherd" from the Museum of Fine Art in Budapest.

This exhibition is a result of collaborations with esteemed institutions such as the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria Borghese, the Louvre, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The museum's ability to secure loans of these significant artworks underscores the importance of international networks and research in organizing such a monumental event.

"Jacopo Bassano – Venetian Renaissance Master" promises to be a highlight for art lovers and historians alike, offering a rare chance to explore a comprehensive collection of 16th-century masterpieces, some of which have not been included in previous exhibitions.