Portrait of a Man

Moretto da Brescia (Alessandro Bonvicino) Italian

Not on view

Moretto’s portrait asserts an active engagement with the viewer through the sitter’s pose and glance, as well as through the parapet decorated with a carpet and hourglass (an emblem of the passage of time and thus of mortality). Moretto knew the portraits of Titian, but also those of another Venetian artist, Lorenzo Lotto, whose work was directly inspired by the example of Dürer. The suggestion of a vibrant, living presence is a unifying goal of sixteenth-century portraiture north and south of the Alps. Brescia, situated in the foothills of the Alps, was a locus of this enriching dialogue.

#5215. Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man, Moretto da Brescia (Alessandro Bonvicino) (Italian, Brescia ca. 1498–1554 Brescia), Oil on canvas

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