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The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

examines Jacopo Bassano's 1545 painting and compares it with other works that also depict the New Testament story in which Jesus calls Peter to become a disciple. Bassano's painting was one in a long line of "copies," or variations on a theme, a standard practice in the Renaissance. Here we see that certain elements—garments and figure groupings—were copied from another work but were altered to achieve greater dramatic effect. (National Gallery of Art)

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Jacopo Bassano, 'The Miraculous Draught of Fishes' (detail), 1545, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons' Permanent Fund 1997.21.1

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