Il Moretto

Moretto, Il (ēl mōrĕtˈtō) [key], c.1498–1554, Italian painter, whose real name was Alessandro Bonvicino. He was a leading representative of the Brescian school. While following the art of the Venetian masters, he developed a rather saccharine style. Many of his altarpieces are still in the churches of Brescia. There are portraits by him in the Metropolitan Museum; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and National Gallery, London. His most famous pupil was Giovanni Battista Moroni.

See B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance (1932, repr. 1968).

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