The Taylor, by Moroni. 🎨One of the most famous canvases by

The Taylor, by Moroni. 🎨One of the most famous canvases by

2/14/2021, 5:25:25 PM
The Taylor, by Moroni. 🎨One of the most famous canvases by the Italian portraitist. Judging from his own clothing and his sword belt, the sitter is a successful tailor who looks up at us, as if we have disturbed him during his work. His exquisite, yet discreet red and cream clothing contrast with the piece of black fabric in his hands. He may not be a senior bureaucrat, guildsman or a Medici, but he is very proud of his work and he is aware of his mastery. Moroni captured a fleeting moment, yet has given it with startling vitality and psychological insight. ⁠ 👨‍🎨Giovanni Battista Moroni (Italian, 1520-1579) was one of the most famous North Italian portrait specialists of the 16th century. He was a native of Albino, near Bergamo, and started his career in Brescia and at Trent. Later altarpieces and portraits were painted for clients in and around Bergamo and Albino, where he settled in 1561. His portraits are celebrated for their great psychological penetration, which owes less to his master and more to the Venetian tradition of portraiture as it had been evolved by Giorgione and Titian. His works were often eclipsed by Venetian, Florentine and Roman works. He is best known for elegant portraits of local Bergamasque nobility, clergy and newly self-aware class of scholars, professionals and bureaucrats. To me, his unique sitters and his strikingly realistic portrayal of his sitters make him a breeze of fresh air during the Late Renaissance period.⁠ 📐Height: 99.5 cm (39 in). Width: 77 cm (30.30 in). Oil on canvas, 1570.⁠ National Gallery, London.⁠ @nationalgallery Follow @monteroneart for more 🎨!⁠ Shop our art collections in the Link in Bio.

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