( 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.
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