(b. ca. 1515, Bassano, d. 1592, Bassano)

Noah's Sacrifice

c. 1574
Oil on canvas
Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam

This work is typical of Bassano's mature painting. The painter uses the biblical episode of Noah coming out of the ark to paint yet again a huge number of animals. This type of composition, where the subject is obviously only an excuse for painting the countryside and nature, especially animals, was a huge success in the art market of the day. Jacopo Bassano and his sons continued to produce many such scenes.