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Jacopo Bassano (c.1510 - 1592):
Christ among the Doctors

A771; oil on canvas; 116 x 174 cm.

Prov: Marco Pizzamano, Venice; Sir John Oxenden; by descent to Lady Capel Cure, née Dixwell-Oxenden; Christopher Blunt.

Purchased, 1949; WA1949.5.

d 1977, pp. 24-7; Muraro 1992, pp. 30, 180, 368.

Painted in late 1539 for the Venetian nobleman Marco Pizzamano, A771 displays Bassano's interest in dramatic narrative and his knowledge of the art of Giorgione, Leonardo and Dürer. Christ engages in a learned discussion in the Temple of Jerusalem, bewildering the elders, who are so individually characterized that they have the appearance of portraits (Luke 2: 41-51).

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.

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