|Portrait of a Little Girl of the Redetti Family|
|Portrait of a Twenty Year Old Man|
Giovanni Battista Moroni (1520/24-1578) lived and worked in the provincial North Italian city of Bergamo, mostly painting the local nobility. The influence of his much more prominent contemporary Titian was always visible (Titian even passing on commissions when too busy to paint them himself). Yet Moroni's independent fame has gradually, steadily increased over the years – and his stock among those who care about late Renaissance art is higher at present than ever.
Currently the Metropolitan Museum in New York is showing two of his wonderful portraits (above) in a special group show consisting of fifteen Venetian and Northern Italian paintings from the Renaissance, loaned by Bergamo's Accademia Carrera while it undergoes structural renovations.
All fifteen of the loans are viewable on the Met site. Instead of reproducing those, I decided to zero in on an additional sample of Moroni portraits executed between about 1560 and 1580.
|Portrait of a Woman in a Red Dress|
|Portrait of a Nobleman in Armor|
|Bust Portrait of a Young Man|
|Portrait of Bartolommeo Bonghi|
|Portrait of Prospero Alessandri|
|Portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva|
|Portrait of a Young Woman|