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image of The Miraculous Draught of Fishes Jacopo Bassano (painter)
Venetian, c. 1510 - 1592
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, 1545
oil on canvas
overall: 143.5 x 243.7 cm (56 1/2 x 95 15/16 in.) framed: 152.2 x 277.5 x 11.9 cm (59 15/16 x 109 1/4 x 4 11/16 in.)
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From the Tour: Venetian Painting in the Later Sixteenth Century
Object 6 of 7

According to the Gospel of Luke (5:1­11), Peter and Andrew had been fishing all night without success when Jesus told them to cast their nets once more. This time the nets became so full that John and James had to help lift them into the boats. Afterward, Jesus called upon the four to be his disciples, telling Peter, "Henceforth, you will be a fisher of men."

A leading Venetian painter of the sixteenth century, Jacopo Bassano is less well known today than his contemporaries Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto. Although he spent most of his life in his native town of Bassano (seen here in the right background), Jacopo was aware of artistic developments in Venice. This work, commissioned in 1545 by Pietro Pizzamano, the Venetian governor of Bassano, reveals Jacopo's response to the stylized approach of mannerist artists at work in Venice during the 1540s. Set close to the picture plane, the two groups of monumental figures are joined by Andrew's dramatically billowing cloak. The brilliant rose, green, and ocher hues of their garments resonate against the luminous blue water.

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