Lazzaro Bastiani (1430-1512)

Lazzaro Bastiani (or Sebastiano) (born in Venice around 1430, and dead in Venice in 1512) was an Italian painter of the Venetian school, during the Early to High Renaissance.

We find the name Lazzaro Bastiani recorded under the title ser Lazzaro di Bastian depentor, in a receipt for the painting of an altarpiece at San Samuele. During his debut years in 1460s, he was influenced by the paitings of Bartolomeo Vivarini and Carlo Crivelli, which helped inform his best artworks, like "The Adoration of the Magi".

In 1470, he is admitted in the fraternity of the School of Saint Jerome in Venice, and all throughout the 1470s, he follows in the footsteps of Jacopo Bellini. In the years 1480s, he works with Gentile Bellini for "The Grand Procession in Piazza San Marco", and follows the model of Alvise Vivarini.

In 1508, he is invited, together with Carpaccio, to be pary of a jury in charge with the evaluation of Giorgione's paintings for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The Senate of the Venetian Republic entrusted him with the portraiture of the Doges at the Ducal Palace and the banners at the San Marco.

Among his most popular paintings: "Madonna with St Donat and the Donor", "The Funerals of Saint Jerome" (Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice), The Communion of St Jerome" (Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice), and "The Good Samaritan".



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