The Earthly Paradise
77 x 109 cm; oil on canvas (FC 585)
Painted between 1568 and 1576, the scene portrays Adam and Eve in the Earthly Paradise, surrounded by animals. The rustic serenity of the scene has an everyday tone typical of Bassano and leaves little space for rhetoric, taking on an almost Protestant accent. The atmospheric landscape, and the realistic representation of the animals show an innovative direction that has parallels with the contemporary Northern school of Jan Brueghel. The Pamphilj collection brought together a large number of paintings by the Bassano family, many of which are still housed here today.