Portrait of a Man

Artist: Moretto da Brescia (Alessandro Bonvicino) (Italian, Brescia ca. 1498–1554 Brescia)

Date: ca. 1520–25

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 34 1/4 x 32 in. (87 x 81.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1928

Accession Number: 28.79


This unknown man is most likely a member of one of Brescia’s wealthy families. Painted in the 1520s, it shows Moretto’s awareness of the portraits being done elsewhere in northern Italy, principally those by Titian and Lorenzo Lotto. The artist suggests that the sitter is addressing the viewer, and surrounds him with carefully chosen accessories, such as the hourglass that alludes to the passage of time.