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.
Resurrection of Christ
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
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