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Bust Portrait of a Young Man with an Inscription

Giovanni Battista Moroniabout 1560

The National Gallery, London
The National Gallery, London

The sitter is probably Count Lupi of Bergamo.

The 'annob' and 'XXX' added to either side of the flourish at the bottom of the inscription, probably added soon after the painting was made, inform the viewer that the sitter died aged 30.

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  • Title: Bust Portrait of a Young Man with an Inscription
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Moroni
  • Date Created: about 1560
  • School: Italian
  • Physical Dimensions: w398 x h472 cm
  • More Info: More Artist Information
  • Inventory number: NG3129
  • Artist Biography: Moroni is one of the most famous North Italian portrait specialists of the 16th century. He was a native of Albino, near Bergamo. In his early years he worked in Brescia and at Trent (1551–2). Later altarpieces and portraits were painted for clients in and around Bergamo and Albino, where he settled in 1561. His portraits have 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.
  • Acquisition Credit: Layard Bequest, 1916
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: The National Gallery, London
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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