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Jacopo de’ Barbari

Italian painter and printmaker, active Germany and the Netherlands

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Possibly born in Venice; died in Mechelen or Brussels before July 17, 1516. Barbari was the first Italian Renaissance artist of note to travel to the German and Netherlandish courts. He probably received training with Alvise Vivarini in Venice in the 1490s. His best-known painting is "Still Life with a Dead Partridge" of 1504, a a trompe l'oeil probably made for one of the palaces of the Saxon dukes; it is the earliest known independent still life painting of the Renaissance. Barbari signed nearly all his works with a caduceus. Barbari's idiosyncratic facial and figural types influenced contemporary masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans von Kulmbach and Jan Gossart.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500001733.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Jacopo de’ Barbari:

Jacopo de’ Barbari Judith with the Head of Holofernes, late 15th century - early 16th century Engraving
Jacopo de’ Barbari Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth, late 15th century - early 16th century Engraving
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