Baptista Bassano

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Baptista Bassano

Also Known As: "Baptiste"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Veneto
Death: April 10, 1576 (59-68)
London, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: City of London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Jeronimo / Hieronymus di Bassano and NN Bassano
Husband of Caterina Bassano
Partner of Margaret Johnson
Father of Lewes Bassano; Aemilia Lanier, Writer and Poet; Phillip Bassano and Angela Holland
Brother of Antonio Bassano; Jacomo Bassano; 'Jasper' Bassano; Giavani / John Bassano and Alvise / Alvixe Bassano

Managed by: Gaye Strand(Kavalinovich)
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About Baptista Bassano

Baptista did not become a denizen like his brothers, but remained a native of Venice.

The Bassanos, were court musicians who had come to England from Venice at the end of Henry VIII's reign. It has been argued that they were converted Jews (Lasocki and Prior; Rowse, "Revealed at Last," and ensuing correspondence; Greer et al., s.v. "Aemilia Lanyer"), but Ruffatti has argued persuasively that the family was Christian.

Baptista seems to have been the youngest of the six brothers. He did not come to England with the other four around 1531, is usually last in the listings of the five in Court records, did not own a share of the family house in Bassano, and unlike the three middle brothers, was not a witness to Alvise's will. Moreover he describes himself in his will as 'native in Venice', which if taken literally implies that he was born after the family moved there from Bassano.

Image - Musical Instruments family Timeline Over the 1530s five of the six sons of Hieronymous (also "Jeronimo"), emigrated to England to work as musicians in the Court of Henry VIII. They played many instruments including the cornett, sackbutt, and curtal.

In order of birth, Jacomo (who traveled to England but eventually returned to Venice), Alvise, Jasper, John, Anthony, and Baptista may have been responsible for introducing the curtal to England


so named to make it easier to pass as a Christian, is nicknamed “Piva” – small bagpipe. He was an accomplished musician.

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Baptista Bassano's Timeline

1512
1512
Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza, Veneto
1554
1554
Italy
1562
1562
London, United Kingdom
1569
January 1569
Greater London, England
1571
1571
1576
April 10, 1576
Age 64
London, United Kingdom

Evidence points to the fact that he was murdered on 10th April 1576 and subsequently buried at St Boltolphs Bishopsgate on 11 April 1576 - Shakespeare Exhumed : The Bassano Chronicles Author Peter D Matthews