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Marco Basaiti

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Portrait of a Gentleman in Black,

Marco Basaiti (c. 1470 – 1530) was a Venetian painter and a rival of Giovanni Bellini. His best known works are Christ Praying in the Garden (1516) and the Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew.


Marco Basaiti was born in 1470,[1] in either Venice[2][3] or Friuli.[1][4] His family was of either of Albanian[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] or possibly Greek origin, as Vasari reported.[1][2][3][4][8][15][16][17][18]

He began to paint actively from 1496 to 1520[19] and is generally believed to have learned to paint in the workshops of Alvise Vivarini. Basaiti resided for a long while at Venice, where there are many of his works, and he is quoted as a rival of Giovanni Bellini and that he surpassed him in some points.[20] He worked primarily with religious themes, but he also did portraits. Contrary to the trends of the time, he used very bright colours in rendering his religious subjects.

The artist is known for his compositions and combining the grounds with figures.[20] The 1999 restoration and conservation of the Basaiti's oevre in the Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów in Warsaw revealed bright colours[21] and an effigy of artist's sponsor, Alvise di Franceschi, as Saint Liberalis.

Shaw, James Byam (1976). Drawings by old masters at Christ Church, Oxford. Clarendon Press. p. 193. OCLC 2633502. "Marco Basaiti who was indeed born of Greek parents, in Friuli, c. 1470 and was a follower of Giovanni Bellini"
Vasari, Giorgio (1963). The lives of the painters, sculptors, and architects. Dent. p. 141. OCLC 175078002. "Marco Basaiti, born in Venice of Greek parents"
Ansell, Florence Jean (2008). The Art of the Munich Galleries. READ BOOKS. p. 229. ISBN 1-4437-5543-5. "Of a somewhat later date and severer style was Marco Basaiti, who was born of Greek parents in Venice, and who was a pupil and assistant of Luigi Vivarini and later Giovanni Bellini, whose influence in the softness of his later works can be easily traced."
Rose, Hugh James (2008). A New General Biographical Dictionary, Volume III. BiblioBazaar. p. 293. ISBN 0-559-38853-5. "BASAITI, (Marco del Friuli,) an Italian painter, a native of Friuli, whence his designation. He was born of Greek parents, and flourished about 1510"
Babinger, Franz (1962). "L'origine albanese del pittore Marco Basaiti (ca. 1470 - ca. 1530),". Atti. Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Classe di Scienze Morali e Lettere. CXX: 497–500.
Fabio Maniago (conte di.); Caterina Furlan (1999). Storia delle belle arti friulane. Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Udine e Pordenone. p. 18. "Veneziano di probabile origine albanese"
Pacini (1976). Problemi di morfosintassi dialettale. Centro di studio per la dialettologia italiana. p. 6. "L'opinione di F. Babinger (*) secondo cui il pittore veneziano Marco Basaiti, il quale operò intorno agli anni 1500-1530, fosse di origine albanese, a mio avviso trova conferma nel fatto che Bazaiti appare ancor oggi come nome di famiglia nella città di Delvina"
Preyer, David Charles (2008). The Art of the Vienna Galleries. BiblioBazaar. p. 39. ISBN 0-559-69564-0. "Trained in the same school was the Greek Marco Basaiti, from whom we find a smaller replica of the artist's large painting which is now in the Academy at Venice"
Ferid Hudhri (2003). Albania Through Art. Onufri. p. 15. ISBN 978-99927-53-67-5. "[The Albanian exiled community] set up there their own school, which they called “Scuola degli Albanesi” (School of the Albanians). Their textbooks were the works of the Albanian Humanists: Marin Beçikemi (1468-1528) and Marin Barleti (1460-1512). The most renowned painters were Marco Basaiti (1496-1530) and Viktor Karpaçi (1465-1525). Some international academics have referred to them and their Albanian descent."
Osler, William Roscoe (2008). Tintoretto. BiblioBazaar, LLC. p. 3. ISBN 0-559-67260-8. "Marco Basaiti, a painter of Greek descent, whose style was somewhat nearly allied with that of Giovanni Bellini."
Waters, Clara Erskine Clement (1881). Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers, and Their Works. Houghton, Mifflin and Co. p. 75. OCLC 227712073. "Basaiti, Marco. It is not known whether this artist was born at Friuli or Venice. He was of Greek parentage. Flourished from 1496 to 1520."
Fernau, Joachim (1959). The Praeger encyclopedia of old masters. F.A. Praeger. p. 27. OCLC 444975. "BARTOLOMMEO VENETO (See VENETO) BASAITI Though of Greek parentage Marco"
Sturgis, Russell (2008). Manual of the Jarves Collection of Early Italian Pictures. BiblioBazaar. p. 71. ISBN 0-554-70267-3. "Marco Basaiti, or Baxaiti, born at Venice of a Greek family that was corny[?]. His works are delicate in finish and exquisite in color."
Waters, Clara Erskine Clement (1881). Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers, and Their Works. Houghton, Mifflin and company. p. 75. OCLC 227712073. "Basaiti, Marco. It is not known whether this artist was born at Friuli or Venice. He was of Greek parentage. Flourished from 1496 to 1520."
Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose, Thomas Wright (1841). A New General Biographical Dictionary Projected and Partly Arranged. Fellowes. p. 293. Retrieved 19 April 2014.

Grażyna Bastek, Grzegorz Janczarski, Antoni Ziemba (1999). "9". Serenissima światło Wenecji. Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie. ISBN 83-71000-61-8.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wood, James, ed. (1907). . The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.

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