MORETTO da Brescia
(b. ca. 1498, Brescia, d. 1554, Brescia)
Madonna with Child and the Young St Johnc. 1550
Oil on panel, 38 x 51 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna
In this painting Moretto blends Lombard influences with the new stylistic elements of Venetian painting. The Madonna sits in front of an Italian townscape reminiscent of Giorgione. The inscription "HIC ARMIS VICTOR DE ORBE TRIUMPHABIS" (You will triumph over the earth with these victorious weapons) alludes to Christ's victory over death.