Central Hall

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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

Saint Andrew (?)
Saint Andrew (?)
Gaudenzio Ferrari
The Virgin and Child with Saints
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri
An Adoring Angel
An Adoring Angel
Moretto da Brescia
An Adoring Angel
An Adoring Angel
Moretto da Brescia
Portrait of a Man
Portrait of a Man
Moretto da Brescia
Saint Jerome
Saint Jerome
Moretto da Brescia
Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
Moretto da Brescia
A Knight with his Jousting Helmet
A Knight with his Jousting Helmet
Giovanni Battista Moroni
Saint Alexander
Saint Alexander
Girolamo Romanino
Saint Filippo Benizzi
Saint Filippo Benizzi
Girolamo Romanino
Saint Gaudioso
Saint Gaudioso
Girolamo Romanino
Saint Jerome
Saint Jerome
Girolamo Romanino
The Nativity
The Nativity
Girolamo Romanino