MORONI, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1525, Albino, d. 1578, Bergamo)

The Gentleman in Pink

Oil on canvas
Palazzo Moroni, Bergamo

Moroni's style was already mature when he painted this splendid picture which summarizes his qualities as a portrait-painter. There is an intense truthfulness about the face of the sitter whose clothing and environment are littered with symbolic allusions. Moroni's sense of light and colour can neatly be linked to the Bergamo tradition established by Lorenzo Lotto but perhaps even more to the Brescia school.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 3 minutes):
Lodovico Viadana: La Bergamasca