Palma Vecchio (c. 1480-1528) by Scholes, Robert
Jacopo Palma (c.1480-1528) Known as Palma Vecchio, Jacopo Palma was an Italian painter, born near Bergamo, but active for all his known career in Venice, where he is first documented in 1510. His original name was Jacopo d’Antonio Negretti, but he was using the name Palma by 1513. He is called Palma Vecchio (Old Palma) to distinguish him from Palma Giovane (Young Palma), his great-nephew. Nothing is known of his training, and there is indeed very little secure knowledge about his life and works, none of his pictures being dated or reliably signed and very few of them being certainly identifiable from early sources.