Giovanni Moroni (1)

I gave myself a sneak preview of our Moroni exhibition which opens to the public later this week.   He was a great favourite of the Victorians, including Eastlake and Morelli, is strongly represented in British collections, and best known for his Portrait of Faustino Avogadro (A Knight with his jousting helmet) and Portrait of a Tailor, both in the National Gallery (the hero of Henry James’s The Liar thought the Tailor one of the half dozen greatest paintings in the world).   His work looks beautiful in the austere spaces of the Sackler galleries, a concise exhibition which shows off the great strengths of this Bergamese painter, particularly his portraits with their spectacular furs, ruffs, brocades and codpieces.

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