LEANDRO DA PONTE, CALLED LEANDRO BASSANO
Bassano del Grappa 1557 - 1622 Venice
Annunciation to the Shepherds
oil on canvas
78.8 x 60.9 cm.; 31 x 24 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint is surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There is a very faint surface scratch running across the wrists of the girl at a barrel. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals very few retouchings save for small touches in the angel's outstretched arm and robe, in the head of the cow and hat of the shepherd lower right, and at the top of the rim of the copper pot (lower left). In overall very good condition. Offered in a plain painted wood frame in good condition.
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This composition was clearly one of Leandro Bassano's most popular, since he repeated it in several versions. The prototype is generally considered to be the signed painting in the Museo Civico, Padua.(1) We are grateful to Professor Alessandro Ballarin for endorsing the attribution to Leandro on the basis of a digital image.
1 See E. Arslan, I Bassano, Milan 1960, vol. I, pp. 240 and 266, reproduced vol. II, fig. 298.