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 Marco Basaiti

 

 

Marco Basaiti     


( fl Venice, 1496–1530).

Italian painter. He is documented only once, in 1530, when he was recorded in the Mariegola dei Pittori Veneziani (the Venetian painters’ guild) as a painter of figures, but many of his paintings are dated, the earliest in 1496 and the last in 1527. The spelling of his signature varies, and Vasari erroneously believed that two Venetian painters existed, named Marco Bassarini and Marco Bassiti. Ridolfi stated that Basaiti was born in Friuli, while Lanzi asserted that Basaiti was born of Greek parents in Friuli. Babinger convincingly proposed that Basaiti was of Albanian origin; a family of Balkan mercenaries in Venetian pay named Bòzhajt or Bòzhejt was documented in Venice at the beginning of the 16th century. This would explain the variations on Basaiti’s name and also account for his lack of documentation, since Albanian, Greek and Dalmatian communities living in Venice kept to their own laws and usually do not appear in Venetian documents.

 


St Sebastian

 

 


Resurrection of Christ
1520

 

 


Portrait of Doge Agostino Barbarigo

 

 


St. Catherine of Alexandria

 

 


St Peter Enthroned and Four Saints

 

 


Christ Praying in the Garden

 

 


Call of the Sons of Zebedee

 

 


Lamentation
1527

 

 

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