Barbari, Jacopo de'

Barbari, Jacopo de'

(yä`kōpō dā bärbä`rē), c.1440–1516, Germano-Dutch painter and engraver, b. Venice. Barbari was a major link between North European and Italian art; his and Dürer's works reveal a mutual influence. After 1500 he was court painter to rulers in principalities in Germany and the Netherlands, painting portraits, genregenre
, in art-history terminology, a type of painting dealing with unidealized scenes and subjects of everyday life. Although practiced in ancient art, as shown by Pompeiian frescoes, and in the Middle Ages, genre was not recognized as worthy and independent subject matter
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 scenes, and complex allegorical works. He also showed great skill as an engraver, often treating mythological subjects and the nude. Barbari's still life Dead Bird (1504) is in Munich. His name is also given as Jacob Walch.
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