A stunning portrait connecting us across five centuries


Portrait of Vincenzo Guarignoni, by Giovanni Battista Moroni , c. 1572.

The Latin inscription gives the sitter’s name and age (45), as well as the painting’s date. Guarignoni came from a prominent family in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. His direct and thoughtful gaze enhances the painting’s lifelike quality, while the solemn detachment conveys dignity and excellence rather than an exact personality, a common approach in Renaissance portraiture.

Medium: oil on canvas. Source: https://clevelandart.org/art/1962.1

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Categories: Art

3 replies

  1. Dignity and excellence…..dignity….excellence…dignity…excellence…

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