Jacomo Bassano (c.1515 - c.1566) MP

‹ Back to Bassano surname

2

Matches

0 0 2
Adds more complete birth place and sibling(s).

View Jacomo Bassano's complete profile:

  • See if you are related to Jacomo Bassano
  • Request to view Jacomo Bassano's family tree

Share

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Veneto
Death: Died in Veneto, Italy
Managed by: David Prins
Last Updated:

About Jacomo Bassano

Italian musician. Bassano, born in Bassano del Grappo, Italy,was one of six sons of Jeronimo Bassano--Anthony, Jacomo, Alvise, Jasper, John and Baptista--who moved from Venice to England to the household of Henry VIII to serve the court, probably in 1540.

The talent of the six sons of Jeronimo as instrumentalists and makers of wind instruments, was recognized not only in Venice but also in London. In the years 1535­1540, Henry VIII decided to improve the musical staff at his court, and he charged his Venetian agent, Edmond Harvel, to recruit the Bassano brothers. (See also Ambrose Lupo). The Bassanos demanded substantial guarantees, for in order to leave Venice, they were required to obtain the authorization of the Doge and would lose their employment there. Even more important, the Bassanos were of Jewish origin, which meant that they ran certain risks in the contemporary political climate of London, even if Henry VIII, who had broken definitively with Rome, sought their goodwill.

The negotiations were successful, and at the end of 1539, Alvise, John, Baptista, and Jasper, along with their respective families, made a definitive departure from Venice for England, rejoining Anthony there. (Jacomo had returned to Italy on the death of his father, Jeronimo, probably to take over his business as instrument maker). The Bassanos‹musicians, jurists, and merchants‹became, through a few solid alliances, one of the more respectable families of the English "gentry," endowed with a family crest and several properties.

view all

Jacomo Bassano's Timeline

1515
1515
Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Veneto
1566
1566
Age 51
Veneto, Italy
????
????