MORETTO da Brescia
(b. ca. 1498, Brescia, d. 1554, Brescia)

St Roch with an Angel

c. 1545
Oil on canvas, 227 x 151 cm
Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest

This sober, monumental late altarpiece by Moretto was originally in the Brescian church of Sant'Alessandro. It is an example of Moretto's ability to bring together classical imagery - such as the architecture and especially the putto with his Roman-inspired drapery - and passages of intense scrutiny of the natural world. Chief among these is the figure of the pilgrim saint which has surely been studied from life.