Central Hall

Northern Italy 1500-1580

Painting in the prosperous North Italian cities of Brescia and Bergamo combined a characteristically Lombard brand of naturalism with an awareness of Venetian art and its interest in light and colour. The fluid handling of paint and intensity of colour of Girolamo Romanino’s altarpiece for the church of San Alessandro in Brescia reflect his admiration for contemporary Venetian painting.

Moretto, who was based in Brescia, formulated a style of religious painting which elicited devotional engagement through its fidelity to life. The same qualities are evident in his portraiture which is further distinguished by his pioneering use of the full-length format. His pupil Giovanni Battista Moroni, who also worked in Bergamo, followed his example.

In this room you will also be able to see paintings from the Ferrarese and Bolognese Schools, notably The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri which was for the high altar of the Oratory of the Conception, Ferrara and The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Other Saints by Francesco Francia.

Paintings in this room

Attributed to Fra Bartolommeo: 'The Madonna and Child with Saint John'
The Madonna and Child with Saint John
Probably by Fra Bartolommeo
Lorenzo Costa: 'The Virgin and Child with Saints'
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri
Benedetto Diana: 'Salvator Mundi'
Christ Blessing
Benedetto Diana
Francesco Francia: 'Pietà'
Pietà
Francesco Francia
Gaudenzio Ferrari: 'Saint Andrew (?)'
Saint Andrew (?)
Gaudenzio Ferrari
Moretto da Brescia: 'An Adoring Angel'
An Adoring Angel
Moretto da Brescia
Moretto da Brescia: 'An Adoring Angel'
An Adoring Angel
Moretto da Brescia
Moretto da Brescia: 'Portrait of a Man'
Portrait of a Man
Moretto da Brescia
Moretto da Brescia: 'Saint Jerome'
Saint Jerome
Moretto da Brescia
Moretto da Brescia: 'Saint Joseph'
Saint Joseph
Moretto da Brescia
Giovanni Battista Moroni: 'A Knight with his Jousting Helmet'
A Knight with his Jousting Helmet
Giovanni Battista Moroni
Andrea Previtali: 'Christ Blessing'
Christ Blessing
Andrea Previtali
Andrea Previtali: 'Salvator Mundi'
Salvator Mundi
Andrea Previtali
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Alexander'
Saint Alexander
Girolamo Romanino
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Filippo Benizzi'
Saint Filippo Benizzi
Girolamo Romanino
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Gaudioso'
Saint Gaudioso
Girolamo Romanino
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Jerome'
Saint Jerome
Girolamo Romanino
Girolamo Romanino: 'The Nativity'
The Nativity
Girolamo Romanino