MORONI, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1525, Albino, d. 1578, Bergamo)
Portrait of a Man1568-70
Oil on canvas, 107 x 75 cm
This portrait represents an elderly, bearded gentleman whose forehead is marked with a pronounced tumour. He wears a luxurious coat lined with lynx and a gold cross and chain with the Lion of Saint Mark (a Venetian honour). A painting belonged to the Albani family in the eighteenth century, and later the sitter was identified as Gian Gerolamo Albani (1509-1591). This identification is debated.