Frescoes in Bassano del Grappa

If you get to Bassano del Grappa, do visit their civic museum. Admission is free, and you’ll be smothered in offerings from artists such as Longhi, Roberti, Ricci and Bassano. Oh, and there is a whole room dedicated to Canova, wonderful man that he was.

When I visited, there was also an offering from Artimesia Gentileschi: Artemesia come Susanna. If you haven’t heard of this brilliant painter, do read about her here: What a woman!

In the museum, there are  also many examples of frescoes that had been rescued from various venues.  I discovered that there are 2 types of fresco painting, one onto wet plaster, which makes a lasting painting, and one painted onto dry plaster, not so long-lasting.

All around the old part of Bassano del Grappa, you’ll find examples of frescoes just waiting for you to admire them.

Get out there and enjoy them!  

[ I’ve just had a major glitch with Windows and my pictures folder, so this may be the last post for this trip. Thank goodness it happened near the end of my stay.]

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If you want to read more about frescoes in Italy, have a look at this wonderful website:



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5 responses to “Frescoes in Bassano del Grappa

  1. Superb photos. Thank You showing them.

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  2. Andrew

    Looked at Google maps to see where it was. The public transport routes from Venice they suggest take upwards of 8 hours for a 50 mile journey. I guess you didn’t follow any of those routes.


    • Where did I go wrong?! It was a speedy train trip.

      I was sorely tempted to go back up Monte Grappa, to see the World War 1 memorial, hopefully with less or no snow.


  3. Oh, Artemisia, what a strong woman she was! I really admire her intestinal fortitude, Phil.


  4. PhilJ

    Leonardo’s Last Supper is a classic example of dry fresco painting (unfortunately one of the reasons why it hasn’t survived well). And I mentioned Artemisia in a lesson on great Italian women, pre-suffrage. Slightly depressingly, nearly half the class hadn’t heard of her. Oh well, they were all very young…


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