The High Renaissance





Moretto da Brescia

(b Brescia, c. 1498; d Brescia, between 9 Nov and 22 Dec 1554).

Italian painter. Together with Romanino and Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, he was one of the most distinguished painters of Brescia of the 16th century. Influenced by both Lombard verism and contemporary Venetian painters, Moretto created an individual style in which realism and Venetian light and colour were perfectly balanced. He was personally involved in the local movement of Roman Catholic reform, and this is reflected in his direct, solemn and often moving depictions of religious subjects. He was also an innovative portrait painter.


St Justina with the Unicorn
c. 1530
Wood, 200 x 139 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



Count Sciarra Martinengo Cesaresco
Oil on canvas, 114 x 94 cm
National Gallery, London


Allegory of Faith
Oil on wood, 102 x 78
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


Holy Family
Oil on canvas
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo


A Saint Monk
Oil on canvas, 81 x 71,5 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

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