Despite being one of the greatest portraitists of 16th-century Italy, this is the first exhibition devoted to Giovanni Battista Moroni in the UK.
Moroni had a gift for capturing the exact likeness of his sitters. His portraits – distinctive for their unprecedented realism and psychological depth – captured the elegant men and women of Italian high society, but also intellectuals, professionals, state officers, clergy and artisans. The meticulous clarity of his work was rarely matched by other artists of the time and was in contrast with the adorned portraiture favoured by his contemporary, Titian.
The display also features Moroni's lesser known religious works, including paintings made for private devotion and altarpieces from the churches of Bergamo which have never exhibited before.