MORETTO da Brescia
(b. ca. 1498, Brescia, d. 1554, Brescia)
Portrait of a Dominican, Presumed to be Girolamo Savonarola1524
Oil on canvas, 74 x 66 cm
Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona
Although this picture was painted well after the execution of the charismatic theologian Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), comparison with documented portraits gives credence to this traditional identification. Savonarola was revered throughout northern Italy at this period, and especially in Milan and Brescia, and many were hopefully awaiting his canonization.