Kneeling Man

WAG 1213


The third son of Jacopo Bassano (1510 about - 1592), Leandro was trained in his father's workshop and became his principal assistant in about 1578 when his older brother Francesco (1549 - 1592) moved to Venice. Leandro himself first went to Venice in 1577/8. He was predominantly recognised as a portrait painter and had success in this genre. He was invited to Prague by the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to become a court painter, but he refused to leave Venice. The present attribution is due to comparisons with another drawing by Leandro in the Louvre's collection (INV 5284), although it has also been suggested it is a copy or imitation done in the 17th or 18th century.