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The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Jacopo Bassano The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Jacopo Bassano  
         

The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew by Duccio de Buoninsegna
Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew, 1308/1311, tempera on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection 1939.1.141

 

The Image

In 1545, the governor of the provincial town Bassano del Grappa commissioned Jacopo to paint The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Jacopo, however, did not invent the image. He looked to earlier depictions of the story for ideas. This was standard practice in the Renaissance and, in fact, Jacopo's painting was one in a long line of "copies," or variations on a theme.



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