Giovanni Battista Moroni

Portrait of a Man

after 1570
The Latin reads: “He subdues harshness with gentleness.” Coupled with the paper he holds, the motto suggests the sitter may have been a secretary accustomed to mediating between petitioners and his employer, or perhaps he held some legal or diplomatic office. The restrained range of colours is skilfully exploited, and the composition enlivened by the books and papers spilling off the table into our space. Moroni was a gifted artist active in Lombardy and the Venetian mainland; his portraits are remarkable for their lifelikeness.
Title
Portrait of a Man
Date
after 1570
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
97.9 x 78.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1924
Accession number
3082